Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions in 5 Easy Steps!
Every year starts off the same, doesn’t it? The clock strikes midnight, the ball drops, and suddenly a brand new year has started! We bid goodbye to a good year and welcome an even better one.
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions—what are our goals in the new year? What do we hope to accomplish? While I love making my own resolutions, I used to struggle with keeping them. I start strong in January, keep it up in February, but eventually real life catches up and I forget all about the resolutions! I bet this must sound familiar.
But I soon realized there’s an easy way to make sure you stick to your resolutions – let me share a few ways that work for me:
- Make realistic resolutions. A common mistake is having resolutions that are too overachieving. I often see this for fitness or healthy eating: “I want to lose 50lbs!” The problem is it’s incredibly hard to lose 50lbs! People join gyms in January and when they don’t see the progress they expect to, they stop going. Make your resolutions achievable by saying something like, “I want to go to the gym at least 2-3x a week.”
- Make specific resolutions. We also tend to make very vague resolutions—this often doesn’t work out because it’s easy to get lost with how you’ll achieve them. Instead of something vague like “I want to be more fit” or “I want to be happy”, be more specific. How do you want to be more fit—will you work our more or focus on healthy eating?
- Plan exactly how you plan on accomplishing your resolutions. Take it a step farther and break down your resolutions into baby steps. If your goal is to eat healthy, how will you accomplish that? Slowly lower your carb intake? Eat dessert only on certain days?
- Put yourself first. We’re all so busy nowadays, aren’t we? It can get really hard to balance our careers, social obligations, and family time. So many things to do, so little time! Always take some time to refocus on yourself at least once a week. Getting burnt out won’t help you achieve your goals any sooner.
- Stick to 5 resolutions—max! Take some time and really think about your 2017 priorities. Don’t build a laundry list of resolutions. You’ll eventually lose track and get discouraged. Keep the resolutions to your key priorities for the new year and build a solid plan to get what you want!
If you’ve never made any resolutions and want to start, keep them simple! Your resolutions don’t have to be too complicated or too hard. When in doubt, think: KISS (keep it simple, silly)!
I want to wish you all the best for the new year – I am so incredibly grateful for all the support and love you’ve shown me in 2016. Stay tuned for more exciting 5678 fitness content in 2017!
Happy New Year XO,