We all make New Year’s Resolutions, with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, however, for most of us, by the third or fourth week of January, you have already slipped back into whatever bad habit it was that you were determined to change.
If you are like the thousands of others who have decided to clean up your act and get healthier and fitter in 2019, here are 7 tips to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.
- Set Realistic Goals
Be realistic about your resolution and your long-term goals. A resolution to “never” eat a beloved “junk food” again, is impossible to keep. Be reasonable, like I will only eat fast food once or twice a month, or whatever it may be, but resolve to do something that is achievable. You can always modify the plan along the way.
- Have a Plan
And speaking of plans, you have to have one. Don’t just say I am going to lose 25 pounds in 2019, devise a plan on just HOW you intend to do so and stick to it. There is an old saying that goes, “fail to plan — plan to fail.”
- Share Your Goals
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your goals to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a “buddy” who shares your New Year’s goals, and the two of you can motivate each other to keep your resolutions.
- Reward Yourself
Don’t forget to reward yourself even for the smallest of your successes. Just try not to reward yourself with a “vice” that you are trying to curb, such as indulging on cookies or candy. But if weight loss was one of your goals, and you have dropped a few pounds – go out and by yourself a nice new piece of clothing, in your new size!
- Track Your Progress
Keep track of your progress and log each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for every five pounds lost.
- It’s OK to Fail
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. You are human, and you are bound to stumble once or twice before reaching your finish line. Obsessing over the occasional fall won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
- Have Patience!
You know what they say, “Rome was not built in a day.” Serious changes take time. It takes at least 30 days for a new way of doing things to become a habit, and it can take six months to a year for it to become ingrained in your personality. So be persistent and be patient!
Keep reading these pages throughout the New Year for more tips on how to make 2019 your happiest and healthiest year ever!