NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!
For most of us, the start of the new year is an opportunity for new beginnings, a fresh start, a blank canvas; it’s the best time of the year to start brand new! Many of us set new dreams, goals and of course new year’s resolutions during this time. But setting a new (or several) new year’s resolutions and sticking to them are two very different things. How are your new year’s resolutions coming along?
If you need a little help or need some motivation, keep reading because GoFresh has put together 5 tips to help you stay on track with your goals!
5 Tips To Help You Stay on Track With Your Resolutions
#1: OUTLINE YOUR PLAN
One of the first things we suggest is to outline an effective plan to carry out your resolution. How will you deal with the temptation to have that doughnut, milkshake or piece of pie? What is your plan when you lack motivation to hit the gym and are tempted to skip a workout?
Your plan can consist of creating a schedule, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, focusing on the reason why you want to accomplish your goal, reminding yourself of what is at stake if you give in to your temptations or even calling a friend for motivation.
#2: TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Tracking your progress is one of those things that although it may seem unecessary, is really effective. Having a visual reminder of your progress is a huge motivator; little accomplishments are better than no accomplishments at all. A good way to track your progress and help you stay on track is keeping a food journal. Also, it is easier to stick to short-term goals. For example, instead of of focusing on the 25 pounds you want to lose, focus on just losing the first 5. Smaller goals are much more attainable and the feeling of satisfaction you get when reaching your goal is unlike anything else!
#3: STICK TO IT AND DON’T GIVE UP
Studies have shown that it normally takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and at least 6 months for it to become part of your lifestyle. With that in mind, we know the road ahead will be challenging but, don’t give up. Remember, you can do it and it will be worth it!
#4: REWARD YOURSELF
Reaching a goal (whether big or small) is a big deal. Therefore, make sure to reward yourself for all your hard work and dedication! Now, a word of caution: this does not mean you can eat an entire cake or that gallon of ice cream you’ve been fantasizing about all month. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that won’t contradict your resolution. For example, if your resolution is to lose weight, you can reward yourself with a new workout outfit or a mini vacation!
#5: BE REALISTIC
Anything is possible with hard work and dedication but it is also important to set realistic goals to guarantee your success. Resolving to never eat your favorite foods ever again is a sure way to set yourself up for failure. Avoid making this mistake by setting smaller goals that lead up to your ultimate goal and make sure every step leading up to that ultimate goal is attainable. Small steps go a long way; as they say, slow and steady wins the race.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln.