February generally makes the time when most people abandon their New Year resolutions. As the ball drops in TIme Square, over 45% resolve to improving their eating habits (about 70% of these people made a similar resolution in past year) and it is estimated that 24% (1 in 4 people) never succeed at their resolution.
Exercise Nutritional Health! is here to help. It is important to remember that as New Years Eve is a great time to make changes BUT resolutions really can be started any time of year. So if you have already started to forget about your New Year’s promise to yourself, get back on track. It is never to late!
Did you make your resolution not specific enough or way out of reach and now you are frustrated and don’t know where to turn? One thing to remember is that your resolutions (aka-goals) need to be S.M.A.R.T.
Specific: to figure this out, you need to answer these 5 questions: Who is involved? What do I want to accomplish? Where? When will I accomplish this goal? Why do I want to accomplish this/these goals?
Measurable: you need to be able to measure your progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask these questions: How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable: figure out ways to make your goals come true, look for opportunities to increase success.
Realistic: to be realistic, a goal must represent something toward which you are willing and able to work towards. Feel free to set your goals high but be sure to make smaller goals to keep you motivated along the way. Just be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Just be sure that you DO NOT reward yourself with something that will derail all your efforts!
Timely: a goal should be grounded within a specific time frame. With no time frame attached to the goal there is no sense of urgency and you are more likely to let it slack. So for example; lets say that you want to lose 10 pounds, when do you want to lose it by? The answer “someday” will not work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Now that we have established the best way to make a resolution, we want to share with you some simple ways to get the process started if living a healthier lifestyle is your goal.
- Changes take time, so start off slowly and increase frequently. Whether you are planning on starting a workout regimen or someone who is adding breakfast into your daily routine, start slowly! Feeling overwhelmed will not lead to success!
- Vary your fitness routine as well as the foods you eat. Variety will not only keep you from becoming bored, you will also challenge your body.
- Try new things. Maybe commit to trying a new food, recipe, or fitness class once a week. Make it FUN! This will prevent you from getting stuck in a rut…you may even find something that you never thought you would like!
- Journal, journal, journal!!! Keeping track of where you have been will help you see how far you have come! Make sure that you log what you have eaten, how much and the time you ate, your exercise and your mood when you ate.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle is not just the number on the scale…it is about make good food choices, physical activity, and being happy with life! All of us at Exercise Nutritional Health! want to encourage you to keep up your New Year Resolutions and healthy lifestyle. DO NOT get discouraged!