Do you remember the New Years Resolution you made for 2015?
How did that go for you? Hmmm…….that’s what I thought!
Let’s face it, we start out with the best intentions for the New Year. It’s right after the holidays when we have over indulged on food, sweets and alcohol.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
We decide it is time to start fresh and get healthy
The gyms are packed and everyone seems to be on some type of health kick.
Unfortunately for most it is short lived. The excuses creep in and the procrastination starts. You self sabotage yourself before you even had a fair shot at achieving your health goals.
I want 2016 to be your best year yet
I want you to succeed and achieve your health goals. You can do it! I’m not saying it will be easy but if you stick with it you will get there!
So here are some quick easy tips to set yourself up for success and on the way to health and happiness:
In order to be successful you have to have your priorities straight. How bad do you want it? It has to be important enough for you to commit 100%.
What does this mean? It means you have to make time to accomplish your goal.
That may mean getting up an hour earlier everyday to workout or changing your schedule around to make time to get to the class at the gym.
According to Statistic Brain Research Institute the top New Years Resolution for 2015 was to lose weight. The percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution is………. 8%. That’s crazy!
2. Make one small change at a time
While it’s great to be all in and ready to go. You have to be careful and come up with a plan. Don’t empty your entire kitchen out and plan to do some liquid cleanse you found online that promises you will lose 20 pounds in one month, or you will be sure to find yourself at the nearest drive thru.
Instead try tossing the leftover holiday sweet treats and set yourself up for success by doing some meal planning and picking up some easy healthy snacks.
Research from the European Journal of Social Psychology examined the habits of 96 people over a 12 week time frame. On average they discovered it often takes over two months before a new behavior can become automatic.
Bottom line – changing habits is hard work and will take commitment at your end.
3. Don’t commit to things you can’t do
Be reasonable when setting a goal. If you work crazy hours don’t rush out and sign up for the gym that won’t be open when you are not working. If you would like to lose 40 pounds, set up a reasonable time frame to achieve that goal.
Remember you didn’t gain 40 pounds in one month, you gained it over time so you will need to lose it over time.
4. Schedule personal time for yourself
Everyone needs some “me” time. Whatever that is to you, unplug from the internet, curl up on the couch with a good book, go see a movie, have date night.
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