How to Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions?


For many of us, the beginning of the year starts with a New Year’s Resolution. However, it can be quite challenging to stay on track. Statistically only about 8% of people can achieve their resolutions. How can you beat those odds? I have included some helpful tips to accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions.

Setting realistic goals for long-term results
Choosing a realistic goal is essential to ensuring you are successful. If you break your resolution into small parts it will seem much easier to succeed. For instance, your goal is to lose 25 pounds in 4 months. Start with one month at a time, and focus on making healthy changes. Make goals for each month, perhaps 7-8 pounds for the first month, and 5-6 pounds for the following three months. To help with the process, you may want to incorporate 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you typically don’t walk on a regular basis, then you may want to start with 15 minutes a day for two weeks and increase 5 minutes to your walk each week.

Focus on how, not when
If you stick to resolutions that you have control over, you will have a better chance of success. Want to lose 25 pounds? Incorporating a healthy diet and exercise regimen is more important than the numbers on that scale. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the weight will come off. Focus on goals such as adding 3-5 servings of vegetables and drinking 64 ounces of water daily. These are things you have control over.

Set time aside for your resolution
It can be difficult to set aside time for things we like to do, let alone for resolutions that are challenging. Try to schedule your workout sessions into your calendar like you would for an event. Setting an alert on your phone would provide you with that extra motivation to go to the gym.

Have coping strategies
Things don’t always go as planned, so how do we cope? You planned to eat a healthy lunch today, but you were invited out for a friend’s birthday and ate too much. Don’t fret, look for the healthiest options available such as grilled, oven-baked or steamed. As for the side items, you can never go wrong with steamed vegetables or a salad. Always ask for the dressing on the side, so you can control how much you add. Making this minor adjustment can save you over 100 calories.

Another great coping strategy is having a buddy system. A friend or family member can lend a sense of support. They can keep you on track and challenge you to stick to your goals.

It is important to remember there may be a slip up while working towards your goals. Don’t throw in the towel or be too hard on yourself. Move forward, tomorrow is a new day and you will be one step closer to success. Using these techniques will help you stick with your goals and to be proud of all your accomplishments.

References:
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution.aspx
http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/new-years-resolutions-in-one-year-out-other