How to Keep Your New Year’s Goals on Track20/01/2017
As we reach the final stretch of what feels like the longest month of the year, here are some tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions on track for the remainder of 2017.
1. Set Your New Year’s Goals
Progress with your new lifestyle ambitions all comes down to setting achievable goals. So, get the pen and paper out and take note of where you want to be in three months’, six months’ and 12 months’ time. This works for anything from weight loss to committing to cook three healthy dinners a week.
The hardest resolutions to keep are often the vaguest ones. Instead of saying “I’d love to lose weight this year” and leaving it at that, talk to your doctor and establish a healthy amount of weight for you to lose over a 3-month period. With this goal, you can put together a meal plan and an exercise routine that will help you achieve your desired result.
2. Forget ‘All or Nothing’
One of the biggest threats to successfully achieving a lifestyle change is the pressure you put on yourself. The important thing to remember is not to punish yourself and give up completely when something goes wrong. It’s acceptable to have a few slip ups now on our paths to progress.
With Food: If you find yourself eating a dessert in the middle of a healthy eating week, don’t abandon the plan and be sure to complete the week as intended. For peace of mind you can put another exercise session into the week to help you feel proactive and stop you from dwelling on the slip.
With Exercise: Sometimes the weather can play havoc with our best intentions when it comes to getting out for a walk or a run. If your session gets interrupted have some backup floor exercises you can do indoors. There are tons of YouTube tutorials online that are bound to match your level of fitness.
With a New Hobby: If you miss one day/class/practice session it’s not the end of the world for your new venture. Take some advice from the soothing words of the headspace app – don’t worry if you miss a day, you can always go back to where you left off. Just because you are following a 30-day session doesn’t mean you can’t do it in 34, or 35 days. We’re only human after all!
Nothing gets done without the secret ingredient: ‘willpower’. When it all comes down to it, you need to wake up in the morning and convince yourself that today is going to be another great day and stick to your good intentions. Willpower is the difference between sitting down on the couch after a long day and immediately changing into your running gear.
4. Double Up
You’re the master of your own destiny, but it can be a great help and a lot of fun, if you have someone going on this journey with you. It doesn’t even have to be the same person, you could share a meal plan with a housemate or a partner and meet a friend for a walk, jog or gym session in the evening. If you’re determined to go it alone, keep a diary to track the food you eat, the exercise you take and see if there’s any improvements to be made.
5. Change it Up
One of the biggest obstacles on your path to the new and improved you is fatigue.
With Food: Even if you know the right things to eat throughout the week, you need fun healthy recipes that won’t have you staring disappointingly into your lunch box. Armed with your list of healthy ingredients and a host of online recipe libraries, you’re sure to find something to fit your plan.
With Exercise: If your 5km run is becoming a bore, change up your route or swap out the run for lane swimming or cycling.
With a New Hobby: Believe it or not, one of the easiest ways to stick to a new hobby is to take up two. This way you can alternate between the two. Maybe one night you practice a new language and the next a new craft or musical instrument.
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