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It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of another year. Where does the time go? This is the time of year that New Year’s Resolutions are being made and we make promises to ourselves. The most common new year's resolutions are to start eating healthier, lose weight, stop smoking. While these are good things to do, we tend to set ourselves up for failure and break the resolutions early and then by February we give up on them altogether. There are some simple tips we can do to ensure our new year’s resolutions are achieved.
I am actually at the point where I don’t even bother to make resolutions anymore because I know I am just setting myself up for failure. However, I also know that I need to make some major changes in my life for my health. By making a few adjustments and allowing myself grace, I am confident that I can achieve my goals of a healthier lifestyle for myself.
Simple steps to achieve new year’s resolution goals.
- Write down your new year’s resolution goals.
Writing out your goals is a great way to help achieve them. There are a lot of things we have to remember and think about in a day. Having a written reminder is a great way to be sure we see and remember our promises to ourselves. A personal journal is a great place to do this. Remember, our resolutions can be private if we choose.
- Make a realistic resolution.
We all are guilty of making these big grand resolutions. The problem with making big ones is that it’s scary and hard work! If you break them down to smaller goals, they are easier to achieve and work on. For example, if you want to lose weight don’t make it a bold one of “I want to lose 30 lbs. in 2019”. That gives yourself the ability of not working on it from day 1. You may wait until the middle/end of the year and then be disappointed when you don’t meet the goal.
- Set up an accountability partner
Perhaps you have a friend or family member that is making the same or similar resolutions as you are. You can set something up with them to help keep each other accountable. This can be tricky because some people are more diligent on goals than another. It is good though to have someone you know you can go to if you need help staying on track or to simply vent to.
- Give yourself grace
If you don’t exercise one day or you eat a bunch of junk, that’s ok. It’s hard to go start anything new and a healthier lifestyle is not easy. Just remember your long-term goal and go from there. Have a bad day? Ok Shake it off and rock the next day. We all have stresses and things that come up in life. It’s important not to beat yourself up over a bad day. Trust me, we all have them.
- Slowly add healthy habits to your daily routine.
No one says you have to clean out your kitchen and eat like a rabbit in order to lose weight or eat healthily. It’s all about moderation. Instead of reaching for the chips or cookies, reach for a salad. When you do indulge in a snack, make sure you read the serving suggestion size. We tend to make our own serving size and that leads us into trouble. By making small healthy habits in our everyday routine, it’s easier to achieve our goals. One of the biggest ways to set ourselves up for failure when going to a healthier diet is to totally cut out our favorite snacks. When we deny ourselves anything in life, we tend to overindulge when we do get to enjoy that item.
These tips can be used for any type new year’s resolution we make. For the most part of this post, I used a healthier diet as an example because it’s the most common one. It’s also one I’m going to try to achieve.