Its that time of year again – time to promise yourself healthy eating habits, more workouts, less time on social media and making changes in your life that will make 2016 your year to kick some serious butt.
But that means actually keeping up those resolutions all year and sticking to them to create a new habit. It takes about 30 days to create a new habit so the month of January might be challenging but stick to it and before you know it, you won’t know anything else!
The important step to keeping your resolution this year starts with the goal you set for yourself. Set a goal that is specific, for example, a goal such as “I will be healthier” or “I will work out more” is a sure way to set yourself up for failure because it is so subjective and makes it easy to not hold yourself accountable. Instead, set a goal such as “I will cut out processed sugar from my diet” or “I will go to the gym 5 times a week”. If it’s something less specific, think of how you’re going to achieve this; create a plan so that you have a guideline to stick to – planning ahead is going to make your resolution more manageable and increase your chances of success.
Build a support group around you and tell people what your resolution so that they can support you and hold you accountable. If you and your significant other are both trying to clean up your diet, you won’t be heading to Shake Shack on date night, instead you can try out new health food places or just cook at home. If your goal is to work out more, hire a personal trainer or go with a friend so that you know not going because you’re “too tired” isn’t an option when someone is awaiting your presence.
If you find your motivation wavering, think about why you set this goal for yourself to being with. How happy will you be in March when you’ve adjusted to make this a part of your life style? Keep at it!
And if you happen to fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up, there’s no use, all it’ll do is keep you from moving forward and reaching your goal so shake it off and do better next time, you’ve got a clean slate in 2016 so get out there and make this your year!
Mine are to get back to hitting the gym 5 days a week, meal plan at least 2 weeks of the month and post on my blog at least twice a week.
Feel free to share your resolutions with me below and on Instagram!