It seems New Year’s resolutions are just as easily made as they are broken. Here are some tips to make sure you stay on track for your health and weight goals
1. Be Realistic
Setting the bar too high is almost ensuring your failure. Set realistic and attainable goals for yourself and you will reap the long term benefits.
2. Plan Ahead
Impulses are passing, to enact real change in your life it requires a change in your mind set. Be mentally prepared to make serious life style choices. Break your big goals into smaller ones and outline not only what your goals are but how you will attain them.
7. Track Your Progress
Keep track of 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 each five pounds lost.
5. Talk About It
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Find an accountabili-buddy to help you stick to your plan.
6. Reward Yourself
When you hit a milestone in your plan celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution.
8. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
9. Stick to It
It takes about 3 weeks for an action to become routine and six months for it to be part of your personality. Keep with your diet and exercise even on days when you aren’t feeling it.
10. Keep Trying
Making lifestyle changes is not easy, but it is worth it. If you fall off your regimen, just dust yourself off and try again.