The New Year is fast approaching and with that comes New Year’s Resolutions! Do you know what the #1 New Year’s resolution is? The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and improve overall health.
Did you know that 30% of all New Year’s resolutions are broken before February? Why do you think that is? When people feel as though they’ve failed on a goal they’ve set, they tend to just give up instead of giving their resolution another go. The biggest step you can take to make your resolutions a success is to set realistic goals! So, this time around, let’s look at what you can do differently to make this year a success!
3 Ways to Reach Your New Year’s Goals
1. Weight Loss. Most weight loss goals are not met because you set yourself up for failure by having unrealistic expectations. There’s nothing wrong with thinking big, but let that be a long term goal. To reach that long term goal, set small, reachable goals along the way. For example, instead of saying “this year I’m going to lose 50 pounds” focus on a smaller achievement like 1 pound a week. Another tip for succeeding in weight loss, don’t weigh yourself daily, weigh in at the most, once a week and pay attention to how you feel and how your clothes are fitting to help monitor your progress.
2. Diet Changes. Instead of making a drastic change like vowing to cut out sweets entirely or to only eat vegan from this moment on, try making small healthy changes you can keep, like limiting soda, drinking more water, or only having a sweet treat once in a while. Try adding more lean protein and veggies to your diet and limiting processed food. If you make gradual healthy changes you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself and soon you will want to make those healthy choices all the time. You need to adapt a healthy eating lifestyle you can live with for the rest of your life, but if you approach your diet with an all-or-nothing attitude you set yourself up to fail.
3. Exercise. if you are just beginning a workout routine don’t make your New Year’s goal to run a marathon in a month. That can definitely be a great long term goal, but you have to take baby steps to work up to it. You can start by committing to some sort of physical activity for 30 minutes/3 times a week or increasing your present workout by 15 minutes, those are doable goals you can reach!
So, when deciding on your New Year’s Resolutions remember to make it a realistic and reachable goal. As you make progress and improve, change and modify your goal to continue to challenge yourself. Look at both long term and short term expectations and if you fall of the horse, don’t’ be discouraged, just get back on and keep trying!
Keep the shiny side up, the rubber side down and Happy New Year!