Who’s setting new year’s resolutions?
I never really liked to set them to much because of the idea that most resolutions don’t last, it’s like we like the idea of it, we tell ourselves we are going to do something better but never follow through..
Who’s setting new year’s resolutions?
A little more than half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of those who do succeed in meeting their goals.
I never really liked to set them to much because of the idea that most resolutions don’t last, it’s like we like the idea of it, we tell ourselves we are going to do something better but never follow through. I mean I totally have made New Year’s Resolutions went into them full force only to fizzle out after a short time, I always became part of the statistics that don’t succeed in meeting those resolutions!
We come to the end of the year feeling guilty because we know we overindulged over the holidays, we know we let ourselves eat too many cookies and we gained some weight, we know that we let ourselves go toward the end of the year and we weren’t taking care of our health & wellness. So we feel guilty and we tell ourselves that come the New Year we are going to make changes, we make New Year’s Resolutions. But there is so much more to it than just stating ‘I want to lose weight’, etc… We also have to really want it, we have to get our mindsets right, we can’t just decide to do it out of guilt, it usually doesn’t last.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not against resolutions. I like setting goals and having a plan but I like to do it throughout the year not just one night of the year. I think it’s a good idea to have intentions on how you want the year to go but a goal without a plan is just a wish.
Why is it that with such good intentions, getting fit, losing weight and improving our lives seems so difficult to achieve?
Here are some tips to make your resolutions actually happen:
It’s more sensible to set “small, attainable goals throughout the year, rather than a singular, overwhelming goal.
One of the biggest reasons for failure is that we often set unrealistic goals like trying to exercise every day for one hour at the gym when we really don’t have all that extra time and then life happens right, responsibilities, chores, running our kids around, etc… So we throw in the towel because we can’t carve out all that extra time. So be realistic when adding a workout regimen, look at your schedule now and see where you can carve out extra time, maybe it’s a half hour in the morning or while the kids are napping, or on your lunch break. Some exercise is better than nothing so don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to add something into your life that you don’t even have time to do, do what you can. Every small step will lead to big changes in your health.
Make it convenient – (this goes along with simple & realistic) Try to get rid of those exercise and diet obstacles, and make it convenient. If you’re pressed for time, don’t spend time driving to a gym; try exercising at home. And keep healthy foods on your kitchen counter so they’re easy to grab when you’re hungry.
Do not expect perfection. Another pitfall is all-or-nothing thinking. It’s OK to miss a day (or two or three) of exercise, eat your favorite foods and enjoy a glass of wine. What’s important is that you don’t let it turn into weeks – and then months – of no exercise or unhealthy eating. If you accept going in that there will be some sidesteps on your health journey, you’ll be better mentally prepared to deal with setbacks. Remember this it’s not about being on a diet, it’s changing our lives for the better in a healthy way which will lead to weight loss, better health overall. It’s not about depriving ourselves, it’s finding balance and learning moderation.
Keep it Clear & Concise – A resolution to lose some weight is not that easy to follow. It’s too broad, not very detailed and we don’t even know where to begin with it. It is much easier to follow a plan that says no potato chips – processed foods, no fries or deep fried foods, or candy & sweets for six weeks. Planning & Preparing what you are going to eat will keep you on track and set you up for success (contact me if you need help meal planning)
And be specific. Don’t say you’re “going to start working out” in 2017—set a clear ambition, like “I will choose one Beachbody On Demand workout and I will push play at least 5 days a week. I know that I can get up earlier to make sure that I get my workout in before the days distractions and life gets in the way.” Have a clear plan of when you can add exercising into your life, this is different for everyone. Your slot of time may be while the kids or napping or first thing in the morning before work.
Share your Resolution with Others – For some, making a clear to-do list is enough of a reminder; others rely on “vision/dream boards” or personal diaries.
People who exercise and are changing their lives to a healthier lifestyle with a friend (or buddy) are more likely to stick to it. Why? You keep each other accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to go for a walk with them is a great motivation to show up and get it done. An emerging tactic: share your goals with your friends and family. It’s another way to build accountability, especially in the social media world.
When you share it publicly you are more likely to follow through when you are held accountable. You can get this accountability in one of my challenge groups with likeminded people who are there to achieve the same goals. When a group of people come together for one common reason we are more likely to stick to it. And you would get this daily in a challenge group not just when you visited the gym. We would be there anytime you needed support & motivation
Keep Believing You Can Do It
More often than not, people who fail to keep their resolutions blame their own lack of willpower. In surveys, these would-be resolvers repeatedly say that if only they had more self-determination, they would’ve overcome any hurdles and achieved their goals.
Determination and dedication are not magic pills, it’s a choice. People who have aren’t just lucky to have it, they made a choice.
You can achieve what you believe. Where focus goes, energy flows, so focus on believing you can do it and you will find the determination & dedication which leads to discipline.
Make it fun – You’ll stick to things you like so if you’re not the gym type, walk around your neighborhood or try activities around the house, like doing a Yoga or dance type workout. Find the workout you enjoy doing. If you go into it hating it or dreading it, it’s just going to get that much harder to get yourself to do. So make it fun!
Change your Thoughts – Another thing that has helped me, is changing how I think about healthy eating & working out overall. I used to look at it as I am not eating this food because I hate my body and hate how I look. Now I try to say things like “ I am choosing to eat this because it’s healthier for me and fuels my body right to give me energy & make me feel better. I love my body and want to take care of it properly. We only get one body to carry us through this life, do all that you can to take care of the gift you’ve been given.’ Same goes with working out, I used to dread it every day, exercising does not come naturally to me, it’s something I have had to work for, a lot of personal development has gotten me to the point, that I want to do it, I am not saying I always love it, but I do want to do it because I know my body needs it. To be healthier & happier I know I need to move my body, it goes with it there’s no way out of it!! So, I’ve learned to want to do it by again changing how I think about it.
Hope that makes sense!
I truly hope that some of these tips help you to stick to what you really want in this life, to become a healthier, happier version of you!!
Do you have any tips to help us to reach our goals and make 2017 an amazing year?
- For support, accountability, guidance, motivation, tips on meal planning & nutrition, join me in one of my challenge groups! I will help you find a workout program that you will love doing, one that looks fun to you. You will receive nutrition guides so all the work is done for you on what to eat and how to plan your meals. You will get a healthy meal replacement that gives you all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need to be healthy + herbs, antioxidants, probiotics, digestive enzymes & superfoods to help heal your body and improve digestion, circulation.. You get it all to help you make lasting changes in your life!
- Fill out the application here to join a challenge group & find out more information and I will be in touch!