Health and Wellness: New Year’s Resolution
Are you having trouble keeping your New Years Resolution? If you’re struggling with getting to the gym or getting all your servings of vegetables here are some tips to help jump-start your resolution.
Have a Specific Plan of Action
Make your goal as specific as possible. Making your goal too broad will make it difficult to accomplish. For example if you want to eat healthier make your goal to eat 3 servings of vegetables a day. Having a specific goal you can measure will help keep you on track.
Make Your Goal Attainable
Pick a goal you know you can reach. Make goals small. If you want to lose 30 pounds make small goals of losing 5 pounds by a certain date and then another 5 pounds by another date. Reaching those small goals will help you reach the big goal without being overwhelmed.
Make Your Goals Public
Tell others about your goal. When you share your goals with family and friends they will help keep you accountable.
Track Your Goals
Be sure your goal is something you can track. If your goal is to lose weight track the amount of pounds you lose. If you plan on eating healthier track the amount of servings of vegetables you eat in a day. If you plan to work out more keep track of how many times you go to the gym or how long you stay on the treadmill. Being able to track your progress will help you stay on track.
Prepare for Triggers
Know what excuses you will use to get out of going to the gym or picking up fast food. If you know you’re going to have a busy Wednesday night plan ahead. If you know you’re going to the movies with your friends eat before going so you’re not tempted to indulge on popcorn.
Reward yourself when you reach your small goals. If you have been to the gym 3 days a week for a month buy yourself a new outfit for the gym. If you have cooked 5 meals a week buy yourself a new mixer.
If you’re struggling with your New Year’s resolution review your resolution to make sure it’s specific, attainable and trackable. Think about what has made you not stick to your goal and what you can do to avoid those triggers. Talk to your family and friends about your goals for them to offer support. Find a way to reward yourself for meeting your goals.