Making this year’s resolutions stick!

2014 Goals

Set Realistic Goals

One of the hardest parts of keeping a resolution is setting goals that you cannot realistically achieve. Resolving to completely change every aspect of your life is too broad and overwhelming. Setting realistic goals that give you a chance to experience success will help you stay motivated and encouraged. Do some research to understand what’s reasonable for you to accomplish in a set amount of time. For example, if you weight 250 pounds, it would be unrealistic to set a goal to lose 20 pounds in a month. Having good information to help you understand what is reasonable for you, will set you up for success.

Be Specific and Make a Plan

Vague goals aren’t helpful. Specific goals help you focus in and create an action plan. Setting a goal to “lower your cholesterol by 10 points,” or “lose 15 lbs” versus just saying you want to “get healthy.” Set a specific goal and then think through and write down a step-by-step action plan for meeting your goal.

Talk About It

Share your goals with friends and family who will support the positive changes you are trying to make. Consider joining a fitness group for additional support. Connecting with other people who are working toward similar goals who you can share your challenges and victories with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle much easier.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

If you have a rough day or fall off the wagon for a week, don’t beat yourself up. Make a plan and get back on track. No one is going to be 100% on their game all the time. Life happens! To stick with your resolution you have to be willing to roll with the punches and keep going.

Track Your Progress

Write down your successes each week and track your improvements. For example, weigh yourself once a week on the same day and record your weight. Take your measurements the first day of each month and track how many inches you’re losing. This will help you keep perspective of your progress over time and not just from one week to the next.

When the Weather Outside is Frightful…

The winter months can be particularly challenging for dieters. According to WebMD.com, not only is there the added challenge of avoiding holiday foods, but this time of year can send many on a “mood rollercoaster” leaving them reaching for comfort foods. Colder weather can also interrupt one’s exercise routine. Exercise has been shown to be a magnet for other healthy behaviors and many dieters say that when their exercise routine is off it’s easier for their food habits to follow. Establishing and maintaining a regular exercise routine during the winter is a key part of losing weight and/or maintaining a healthy weight. The links below will provide some great suggestions on how to get great physical activity during the winter months.