Sticking With Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
We’re now near the end of January, which makes it a good time to check up on New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people have good intentions at the beginning of the year, but the reality is that many of us falter as the year goes on. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some tips for sticking with your healthy New Year’s resolutions for the entire year.
Break Down Larger Goals
If you set a goal for yourself, try to break it down into smaller, more manageable “chunks.” For example, if you want to use 10 pounds this year, break that goal down and strive to lose just under one pound a month. Losing one pound seems a lot less intimidating that losing 10, and cutting your goal into smaller pieces makes it more manageable and keeps you motivated to keep going. Plus, it makes it easier to track your progress.
Track Your Progress
Write down your goal, the actions that you’ve taken to reach your goal, and your progress towards that goal. Just the simple action of taking notes and writing things down will help you stay focused and motivated. Plus, this strategy will allow you catch yourself if you start slipping. Periodically review your notes and look for ways to improve on your performance.
Review your Resolutions
There’s a chance that the resolutions you set at the beginning of the year weren’t right for you. Now that you’ve had about a month to reflect on your resolutions, you might find that you want to change them. There’s nothing wrong with modifying your resolutions. It makes more sense to change your goals to more suitable ones than to follow a plan that isn’t right for you and your situation.
Many people make the mistake of quitting once they’ve broken their resolutions. For example, if you resolved to go to the gym five days a week, and it’s been two weeks since you last did so, you might be tempted to drop the whole thing. However, just because you slipped up, it doesn’t mean that you need to abandon everything entirely. Take a moment to reflect on why you haven’t been able to achieve your goals, make adjustments as necessary, and keep going.