You may be thinking, isn’t this too late to post? NYE was over 2 weeks ago! In my experience, this is when New Year Resolutions start to fall apart. In as early as two weeks, people start to fall back into their old habits.
Let us explore ways to get most out of our some of the most common New Year resolutions:
Re-visit and revise if necessary!
Go back to your list of New Year resolutions. Were they specific (e.g. loose 10 lbs by Sept), or vague (eat healthier). If they were vague, quantify and if they were specific, ensure, if they were realistic and modify expectations, if needed.
Make a plan
Now that you are out of the ‘holiday’ mode and back into the routine, you will be much more realistic about what you can and cannot do. Plan out exactly how you are going to go about your goals. Eat healthier: how will you do the shopping for healthier foods? Which is your worst meal and how will you replace it?
I cannot stress this enough! If you have never gone to gym and your New Year Resolution is to go to the gym 5 times a week, that won’t happen. Start with 2 times a week in January, 3 times in February and work your way up to the goal. This makes it much more achievable and seems much less daunting.
One missed gym day or one crappy meal does not replace all the progress you have made. Things happen, we all have bad days. Make sure tomorrow is better and get back on the plan. It’s not all or nothing, it is always about getting better than before
Get a buddy
Doing things alone can be lonely and for some people, it is easy to justify things that don’t go according to plan. Get someone who will hold you accountable, ask you hard questions, or even better join you. This is the person who will go to the gym with you and make sure you both stick to your plans! Friends and family can talk you out of a better habit and probably won’t fall for your justifications of how it is ‘ok’ to let it slide.
There are many people who can help you get to your goals and make it as painless as possible. If your goal is to have better health, better time management, better energy or focus, talk to someone who can help you achieve it. Naturopathic doctors are trained in finding out barriers to success. Seek their or professionals’ help and check your benefits from work, you may be covered. Don’t wait until December to use up all your wonderful benefits!
Make it happen!
Just go for it! Even if, you just walk to the gym and come back without going in, or throw away half that cigarette. Next time, you may end up spending more time at the gym or skip the smoke altogether, but make an effort. It all adds up, trust me!