You started the new year off strong. You set some great goals for the year and together with a new outlook you feel more confident and determined. This is going to be YOUR year to achieve more of your health goals. To be more active, to eat better and be more consistent.
As we close out the first chapter of 2018, maybe you are feeling yourself slide back into old habits. You started out strong but you can feel yourself losing that spark you had on January 1st and the momentum that went with it.
We get it but the good news is that every day is a new opportunity and God's grace is renewed every morning so don't beat yourself up. Take a deep breath and let's dive into 7 ways you can stick with your new year's resolutions.
1. Examine the why behind your resolutions
If one of your resolutions was, for example, to eat healthier, why is that a resolution? Do you tend to turn toward food to help you deal with big emotions? Do you simply not make time to eat healthy because you’re too busy taking care of everyone else?
To really set yourself up for success when it comes to sticking with your resolutions, you need to examine your own whys. If you’re an emotional eater and you want to eat healthier, you’re going to need to also make it a part of your New Year’s resolution to start to deal with your negative emotions in a healthier way. Knowing your why will help you stick with your resolutions through 2018 and beyond!
2. Make sure you’ve set goals!
It’s easy to make resolutions like, “I want to lose weight,” or “I want to exercise more.” But the truth is, these statements are vague and not going to help you go the distance when it comes holding onto your New Year’s Resolutions. Goals should be S.M.A.R.T (Specific-measurable-achievable-relevant-time bound). So for example, if one of your resolutions is to exercise more, think about what your goals might be in relation to that. A great SMART goal would be to write down, “I’m going to exercise for 30 minutes three times this week.”
A larger, overall goal might be that you want to run a 5k in three months. A smaller, weekly goal would be to start running/walking for twenty-minutes, four times a week, or something like that. By setting goals, you really are setting yourself up for success! If you want to learn more about how to set smart goals here.
3. Post your resolutions where you can see them
It can be so easy to lose sight of your goals, but if you post them somewhere where you can see them on a daily basis, you’ll allow your goals and whys to stay at the forefront of your mind!
If you’re wanting to eat healthier and lose weight so that you can be healthy and live a long life and be present in your family and friends’ lives. That’s a powerful why, and posting that why on your bathroom mirror or even refrigerator can be the motivation you need to keep going when the going gets tough.
4. Don’t keep your goals all to yourself!
Studies have shown that accountability can be a powerful tool when it comes to sticking with your goals, and so make sure you’re not the only one who knows about them! Tell your spouse, your kids, or some close friends. You can even ask these people to help keep you accountable to your goals by asking for some accountability. No matter what your resolutions are, just by telling someone else, you really are almost doubling your chances for success!
5. Don’t quit at the first sign of trouble
A good analogy for this might be marriage. A lot of newlyweds tend to have a hard time during their first year of marriage as they figure out how to do life together and work toward becoming a team. You could say the same thing about you and your resolutions! It might be hard to stick with your goals in the beginning, but if you make the commitment to keep with them, no matter how many times you feel like you fail or fall off the bandwagon, you’ve really already won the battle right there! Know that there will be challenges as you work toward your goals, but the important part is to commit. Don’t feel like you have to be perfect!
6. Reward yourself!
Rewarding yourself as you progress toward achieving certain goals greatly increases your chances for success! You could reward yourself on a weekly or even monthly basis. If you’re resolution is to eat healthier, then don’t reward yourself with a giant piece of chocolate cake! Maybe buy yourself tickets to a play or enjoy a relaxing evening at home with some lit candles and a good book. You know what motivates you best, so make sure to set up some rewards for yourself as you start to move closer toward your goals!
7. Focus on Fun
It can be easy to get lost in the daily grind of trying to exercise everyday or only think about everything that you’re deprived of if you’re trying to eat healthier. But don’t forget about having fun! If you’re trying to exercise more, there are plenty of ways to make exercise fun! For example, we have Pazaz dance workouts that will still give you a great cardio workout, but because you’re dancing, you hardly even notice!
Were these tips helpful? Be sure to leave us a comment we would love to hear how your goals for the new year are going.
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