Happy New Year!
New Year’s Resolutions, everybody makes them, but how many people actually stick to them? Did you make any resolutions last night for the new year? I have made not only some health resolutions for this year, but also some business resolutions.
Some of my resolutions for 2018 are:
- Eat a more low carb diet
- Get more steps in my walking. (I average about 6000 steps a day, I’d like to up that to 10,000 a day)
- Make sure I drink enough water throughout the day. I tend to drink more in the summer than in the winter, but I want to be more consistent with the amount.
- Be more consistent with my blogging
- Do Facebook Live videos (I don’t like doing videos)
- Start teaching cooking classes
- Help more people reach their health goals.
So here are some tips to help you make you resolutions:
Set a Goal –Your goal doesn’t have to involve weight loss. Instead, you might make a goal to not drink soda pop until Thanksgiving Day, or at least cut back to one a day and then one a week and then one a month, until you are completely pop free. That’s a great goal because it’s very specific and has a timetable. It’s not “forever”, (although I hope that you will make it that way) and is something most people can stick to for a specified time. The best goals are SMART goals. Specific, Manageable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound, meaning it has a time frame of when you will achieve it. You can do that with anything you want.
Write It Down – Don’t just make a goal in your mind. Make a specific goal that you can write down and record. When you can write it down, you’re more likely to stick to it. If you write down each reason you aren’t going to eat something, as well as what you are going to eat, you’ll be able to look at that list anytime to get motivation.
Start Journaling – Use a journal to help you lose weight or achieve whatever goals you desire. Read more about journaling here: How to use a journal.
Be Realistic – Don’t set crazy goals. Don’t say you’re “never” going to do something. You may want to become a vegan, but being a perfectionist isn’t good for anyone and will make you feel like a failure no matter how well you do. I maintain, Everything in moderation. That way you won’t feel deprived
Start Small – If you have a goal to go meat free, start with meat-free Mondays, and then expand that over time. Same if you want to start walking. Walk for five minutes today, six tomorrow and so forth until you meet your goal.
Changes Not Exclusions – A great way to look at eating resolutions is to change but not exclude things. For example, instead of eating gluten-free bread with every meal, add extra vegetables to help fill you up for fewer calories and fewer carbs.
Get Support – If you truly would like to make healthy changes that are achievable and maintainable, then get support. If you would like my support, you can contact me here and we can set up a free initial consultation to see how best I can help you reach your goals.
Making New Year’s resolutions is a good way to kick-start your year with healthy changes to your eating habits. If you can at least improve your eating until Thanksgiving, you’re going to make a huge impact on your health.