By: Nancy Soni
After weeks of eating, drinking, and being generally merry, it’s time to start thinking about your new year’s resolutions. Another year, and for many, another resolution or two. For most people, the resolution is the same each year: lose weight, get fit, eat healthier, reduce stress, and/or quit smoking. People make these resolutions at the beginning of each year and don’t put together the right strategy/plan to make sure that they attain their goals. Changing behaviors and habits takes sufficient planning in order to succeed.
Often, people are back to their old habits weeks into the new year. Not you, dear reader… not this year! Let’s break down your resolution right now, and figure out how to get you on the right track!
So, how do you make 2013 your year to conquer your resolutions?
1. Set a specific goal
If you want to lose weight, you need to set your weight loss goal and your time frame for the weight loss. If you want to lose 15 pounds, give yourself a deadline of when you want to hit that goal. Then work from there. It can’t just be whenever. 3 months? 6 months? Come up with a specific deadline to achieve your goal, but make it realistic. If you have a big goal, like losing 50+ pounds, make smaller, shorter deadlines to help you feel like it’s more attainable.
2. Come up with a plan
Again, if weight loss is your goal, you have to have a specific plan for what, when, and how you are going to approach your life differently to achieve those goals. Weight loss comes from eating healthier and exercising.
- How do you make sure that you do both?
- What do you do if you’re busy?
- What do you do if are invited to a party?
- What do you eat on date night?
- What do you eat at the movie theater?
What about when life happens and you…
- Get injured
- Go to happy hour
- Don’t have time to cook
- Busy and on the run, what do you eat
- Fit exercise into a jam-packed schedule
…what will you do then?
Having a plan for certain obstacles will help you stick to the plan and not be derailed.
3. Be specific about WHY you want to achieve your goal
It’s much easier to motivate yourself when you are clear as to why you want to achieve your goal. If you want to fit into a size 10 dress, buy one! Or if you used to fit into a size 10, pull it out of your closet. Take a picture of it and make it the screensaver on your computer or wallpaper on your phone. Have a visual that reminds you of why you want to attain your goal.
4. Share your goal
First of all, write down your goal and put it somewhere or in multiple places where it will be a constant reminder. Share your goal with your friends, family, and co-workers so that they can cheer you along and support you when you need it. If your friends and family know that you are trying to lose 10 pounds, they are likely not going to support you when you eat fast food or wolf down doughnuts in the office/at home. Post your goal to your social networks like Facebook and post your successes and progress. You’d be surprised how many people will cheer you on!
5. Be accountable
Want to lose weight? Take pictures of everything you eat daily and you will be much more likely to hold yourself accountable when that piece of cheesecake is sitting there staring you in the face. If you have to take a picture of it, you will be less likely to eat it. Also, if you have someone or multiple people in your life who can help hold you accountable to eating healthier, working out, or not smoking, you increase your chances of success.
6. Stop making excuses
We’re all busy these days. Stop coming up with excuses as to why you shouldn’t and figure out a way as to how you can. Success in anything comes down to planning and proper lifestyle design. Want to lose weight? How do you incorporate eating more fresh vegetables and fruits into your diet while decreasing the amount of processed foods you consume? Do you want to work out for 45 minutes, 5 days per week? When will you work out and who’s/what’s going to hold you to it? Personal trainers or classes can often help you kick start a program that you can stick with.
7. Decide that you are worth it
Great health and fitness means a better quality of life. It means that you are more efficient at work, have more energy to do the things you want/need to do, and are in a generally better mood. It affects all aspects of your life. So, decide that it’s/you’re worth it. 2013 can be the year where you actually kick that resolution’s butt rather than allowing it to kick yours. This can be the year where you don’t have to make the same resolution again next year.
Next week, we’ll map out your plan for 2013
Plus, I will show you why your resolutions haven’t worked out in the past!
I’m a wife, mother, entrepreneur, businesswoman, foodie, and evolving health and nutrition guru. I’ve spent the past 10+ years on a journey to educate myself on ways to lose weight, as well as, achieve optimal health, fitness, and happiness. I’m hoping to educate and motivate people to incorporate healthy living into their busy lifestyles.