NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION (noun): a promise to do something differently in the new year.
So, you say that your New Year’s Resolution is to have a healthy lifestyle in the new year and onward. Some people say, “I’ll start working out again” or “I need to eat healthy and cut out sugar.” New Year’s Day is the most popular time of the year for people to reset their lives for the better. Make a commitment and keep it. Yes, I know there are times when people start a New Year’s Resolution and it goes well the first few months then suddenly they aren’t committed to their resolution. But hey, it happens.
On January 1, 2023, let’s follow through and really commit to our resolutions until the end of 2023 or a lifetime. Set a few fitness and eating habits goals for yourself by writing it down, when you want to achieve the goal, and how you will achieve it. It’s the same thing as setting a goal at work and you know work goals are important to become successful at your job. Think about it, if you commit to your New Year’s Resolution and succeed, you’re going to be ecstatic and everyone around you will notice how amazing you look and feel. You’ll even increase your energy level and love how active you are. Don’t you want this? If your answer is “heck, yes!”, then let’s start with a few simple steps to achieve your New Year’s Resolution.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!
PLAN YOUR GOALS AHEAD
Set your goals at least a few days before January 1st. Do it Now!
HAVE REALISTIC GOALS
Don’t say “I will not eat chocolate again”, that will be setting you up for failure. Your goal needs to be attainable and something that will help your overall health. For example, you want to have more energy because you want to be able to play tag or do some sport activities with your family, friends, child, or grandchild…how will you do this? By eating right and exercising this can be achieved. When you set a goal, remind yourself why you want to achieve it but make sure you are doing it for yourself and not for anyone else.
Ask your spouse, partner, children, friends, and/or a close relative to be your support system. With a good support system, they can help you achieve your goal. Let them know your goals and what you want to accomplish. Choose someone that will keep you on track by checking up on you at least once a week to see where you’re at with your goal, motivate you (not lecture you), be a good listener, or maybe even have the same resolution as you. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little nudge.
WRITE IT DOWN – SELF-TALK IS GOOD
Write down your goals, post them where you can see your goals every day. This way, you can prioritize your health. Do “self-talk”. Self-talk is a reminder that “bad behavior” will affect your goal that you want to achieve. Always remind yourself, why you started.
TIME MANAGEMENT – SELF-CARE IS THE BEST CARE
We all say, “I don’t have time.” I’m sure you have an hour to spare at least three to four days a week to workout, I mean if you have time to binge watch TV or shop on Amazon, then you have time to get up and move…workout! Saying that you’re so rushed that you can’t eat healthy at times; that’s when you buy fast foods. Well, set a day to prepare your meals in advance. Create a schedule for one afternoon to go grocery shopping and prep your meals for the week. If you’re a visual person, purchase several calendars, write down your workout schedule and meal prep day. Post the calendars on your bathroom wall, near your front door, in your kitchen, and/or in your office. Place the calendar where you can review it every day. If you’re a techy, set off calendar reminders on all your electronic devices. On rest days, you can relax, binge watch TV and still eat healthy because you did your meal prep in advance. Time management is one of the keys to successfully achieving your fitness goals. Always make time for self-care because it’s the best care.
PROS AND CONS LIST
Create a list of pros and cons to keep you motivated. Develop the list over time and you can even ask your support system to create a list for you as well. Keep this list with you and refer to it to help achieve your goal.
REWARD YOURSELF WHEN YOU ACHIEVE YOUR SHORT-TERM GOAL
Set a few short-term goals. For example, lose 15 lbs. in three months. Once you accomplish this goal, reward yourself by treating yourself with something that doesn’t contradict your resolution. Let’s say, buy yourself a new awesome fitness outfit, jeans, or go to a show with a friend. You deserve to be rewarded after accomplishing your goals.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS – PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION
Keep track of your small successes. Any success is a huge success. Keep a fitness journal, keep track of your exercise, write down your reps, muscle group you worked on, and pounds lifted. Track your food and weight loss as well. This way you have documentation on your progress. It’s exciting to see how you’re progressing.
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
Yes, we all know that there are times that we don’t see any progress for a while. Don’t beat yourself up. Obsessing over occasional slip ups will not get you anywhere and it may bring your stress levels up. Instead, think positively that you will reach your goal. Take things one day at a time. Trust the process.
KEEP AT IT
Changing your lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle, won’t happen overnight. It takes 21 days for a new activity to become a good habit and six months to become part of your lifestyle. Being patient and persistent are key to creating a healthy lifestyle. Like they say, “patience is a virtue”. You’ve got this!
IF ALL FAILS, TRY, AND TRY AGAIN
If you start to fall back on your resolution, reset and start over. Give yourself 24 hours to recommit. By giving yourself 24 hours will give you the ability to get back on track quickly. Don’t wait too long because if you do, you may not want to re-start. This is how New Year’s resolutions get broken. Don’t break your promise to yourself. Do it for you.
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The Kick-Start Challenge works on nutrition goals and is a great way to really focus on eating clean and losing weight the healthy way by eating real food and not starving yourself. This is a four-week program, and you have weekly check-ins with one of SIX’s Nutrition Coaches. You can enroll in this program to start your New Year’s resolution or anytime when you’re ready to make a change.
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Are you ready to start your New Year off right? Give us a call at 949.431.6336 and ask about our fitness challenges or sign-up for a Start-up Session and free workout. Let us be your support system for your New Year’s Fitness Resolution.