We’re FOUR days into 2019! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If you did – how is that going? If you’ve already realized the goals you made aren’t working – or if you’ve fallen off the wagon already – please keep reading.
If you didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions – please reconsider, but read this first so you’ll have success!
Only about 8% of people who make resolutions actually make some progress. Why do most of us fail? Because we tend to make it too complicated or too vague. Try these tips:
1. Make your goal specific. “I will add a vegetable and protein snack in the afternoon” is more clear (and therefore better) than “I will eat healthy”.
2. Make your goal realistic. If you honestly can’t get to a gym every day without making yourself and your family miserable, then be smart! “I will go to the gym three days a week, and exercise to a DVD at home three days a week” is much better than setting a goal you will regret (and therefore ignore) in a short time.
Check these examples for realistic and specific goals, then tailor them to suit yourself:
1. Drink ONLY water six days a week.
2. Make a plan to cook four “clean” dinner meals each week. Make more than you need so you have leftovers.
3. Pack healthy leftovers for lunch.
4. Prepare a bag of veggies to take with you when you run errands.
5. Donate your “fat” clothes so they are gone.
6. Before you go to bed each night, do a “brain dump”. Write down everything you need to accomplish the next day. This allows you to fall asleep more quickly at night.
7. Do ten minutes of something physical after dinner each night. This can be dancing while you do dishes, a walk around the block, playing with the kids on the floor (as shown in the first picture above!) or sit-ups while you watch tv.
8. Have a spinach smoothie as your breakfast or morning snack 5 days a week.
9. Plan what day of the week (or month) you will have a treat. Stick to that ONE day.
10. Make a habit of taking a piece of fruit and raw nuts with you wherever you go. This comes in handy when you get the munchies in a place where only junk foods are available.
Please also remember to FORGIVE yourself when you get a little sidetracked. I am forever grateful to my good friend Ginger because she taught me that January 1st is not the only day you can begin anew; you can change your life on a Wednesday at 3:00 pm at any time of year!
What are your goals for 2019? Please share!
Happy New Year everyone.