17 Dec Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions
Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions
Let’s be real, how many of you actually stick to your New Year’s resolutions? Past February, that is. Anyone… anyone? We didn’t think so. In order to help you not fall off your New Year’s resolution wagon, here are some tips to help you set realistic New Year’s resolutions and above all, live a happy, healthy life!
Let it goooooo! No really, let it go; all those bad thoughts, discontent, past failures, and any other negative thought you’re having about your resolution. All these things are only sabotaging your success. However, while you’re letting them go, be aware of each thing you’re releasing in order to make room for new thoughts and new solutions to emerge.
Another way to start fresh is to not fall into the same New Year’s resolution pattern as the previous year. For instance, instead of saying, “I’m going to lose 20 pounds” (like you probably did last year) say, “I am willing to accept myself and work towards my goal.” It’s a much more positive, mindful approach to change. A great way to practice mindful approach is through Zen Meditation. Afterall, successful New Year’s resolutions start in the mind.
In order to maintain the healthy lifestyle you’ve set out to achieve through your New Year’s resolution, you’re obviously going to have to make some changes in your diet; what exactly are you putting in your body? Again, this goes back to your mindful approach to a fit life. It turns out most people overeat not because they are hungry or lack willpower, but because they are responding to environmental cues. Try using a smaller plate or not putting serving dishes on the table.
Your healthy resolution doesn’t necessarily have to be about losing weight, rather making better choices, which will, in turn, shed the pounds for you. A good starting point is to start preparing your own meals; put yourself in more control over what you’re putting into your body. When you cut back on unhealthy foods in your diet, make sure you are replacing them with healthy alternatives; replacing trans fats with healthy fats (fried chicken for fish), for example. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opt for fresh ingredients. If you are buying packaged foods, read the labels. Be wary of sugars or unhealthy fats.
Lastly, drink water! It’s that simple. Check out this hydration calculator. While the traditional recommended amount of water per day has always been eight 8-ounce glasses, that’s not necessarily true anymore. According to WebMD, “It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live… In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.”
There are many ways that you can hold yourself accountable to your resolutions. While we did say that a healthy resolution doesn’t necessarily have to be about losing weight, you can still set a specific weight goal for yourself but remember to position it in a mindful manner. You can also create a food log or create a weekly exercise plan; these things also provide something tangible for you to refer to. One way people hold themselves accountable is to tell a friend! Studies show that people who shared their goal with a friend were 33% more successful than those who did not. Remember, on Friday’s you can bring a friend for free! You could also enlist the help of a weight management app.
Regardless of what process you choose, the key is to find something that helps you gain awareness, perspective, or ideas that help you stay on your healthy lifestyle track.
We saved the best for last, folks! By incorporating accountability, you are, in turn, providing a built in opportunity to celebrate your progress and efforts. Being able to actually see change will boost your confidence and provide you with the momentum to keep moving forward!
Pinnacle Fitness Club wants to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution and we have plenty of ways to do so. Join the club in January or February and pay a discounted initiation fee plus make no payments until March!