Change Your Life in the New Year
With 2013 right around the corner, a lot of us are starting to think about our New Year’s Resolutions. Those dreaded resolutions that we keep for a week or two, then fall off the wagon and go right back to our old habits. Here are some tips for staying on the wagon, setting reasonable goals for 2013, and how to make sure you stick with them:
Tips to Help Stay Focused in the New Year
- Set goals that are reasonable and attainable. Setting goals that are out of reach will cause a lot of frustration, causing you to get discouraged. Whatever your goal is, start small.
- Perhaps you want to run a marathon in 2013. You can’t start by running 26.2 miles. Start small with training and increase your mileage by 10% every week. For example, shoot for a goal of 10 miles the first week, split between 3 or 4 days. Then the 2nd week, increase that mileage to 11.1 miles split between 3 or 4 days. Before you know it, you’ll be hitting your goal and be marathon ready.
- Maybe you want to lose weight. Set a goal and figure out what you need to do to get there. A diet rich in whole foods, like lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, along with an exercise routine will help you get there and will also help you get in the habit of healthy eating and exercise, which are both components in being healthy long-term. Start taking vitamins or weight loss supplements like African Mango or Garcinia Cambogia to help you.
- Look back at previous resolutions that you set and figure out why you didn’t stick with it. Maybe it was a stressful year, maybe you were unhappy with your job, relationship, etc. Figure out those factors and find a way to turn it into a positive experience and keep the negativity out. These resolutions are about you!
- Find an accountability partner. Whether it’s a Certified Health Coach, a friend, or family member, all of these people can help you figure out a goal and help you stick with it. If you have someone to check in with on a regular basis, you are more likely to stick with these goals long term.
- Realize that slip ups to do happen. Just dust yourself off and chalk it up to having a bad day, or having an engagement you just couldn’t get out of. It’s just one day. Get some rest and start fresh the next morning. Beating yourself up over little things will only cause you more frustration.
Here’s to 2013 and a healthier you in the New Year!