I think every year we ALL say to ourselves, “I am going to lose 20 pounds (and so on).” Then two weeks later we are back to our old habits. The questions is, “Why do you fall off track?” “What are your barriers?” What IF you stuck that resolution out till at least May, wow! How would you feel? How would you look? Just imagine!
As we were coming home from our family Christmas, we stopped at a gas station and I thought, hmm . . . in a couple weeks we will see ads at fast food restaurants saying “Only this many calories” . . . or “On the lighter side.” I think January is the only month we see ads like those because everyone is in that mentality. I actually had a dream Pizza Hut had a weight loss program. (I know, I don’t know what is going on in my head, I will blame it on the pregnancy) But think about it for a second, funny huh, but a great marketing program for the first of the year.
I would like to ask the question what are your dreams for yourself? Have you always wanted to run your first road race? Have you always wanted to get back into those skinny jeans from 10 year ago?
Now, let’s simplify!
For example if you want to rev up your eating habits, give yourself about a month of actually taking the action to make healthier food choices. Don’t worry about calories, fat, etc. Just write down your food choice so you become more aware of what is going into your body. Hopefully there will be more fruits and vegetables!
If you are interested in increasing your physical activity the goal is to get moving. If you haven’t exercised in months or years, start slow. Again give yourself a month of a short-term goal. For example, walking for 30 minutes 3 days a week. After a month, move up that goal to 4 to 5 days a week.
Keys to keep going!
Now to keep those resolutions lasting through the year here are some simple thing to do and think about.
Give yourself monthly goals.
Focus on each month and consider a small goal for yourself for that month. Goals can repeat from month to month but really consider your progress. Maybe during the winter months you have a hard time wanting to exercise and just want to come home after work and watch TV. Maybe this has become a big barrier and you realize if you exercise the first thing in the morning you can actually enjoy yourself in the evening.
Reward yourself (not with food, of course).
After you complete your small goals each month, reward yourself. Maybe is it purchasing that new CD you have been wanting or maybe it is just setting up a coffee date with a long-time friend. Whatever it is, take the time for yourself because you deserve it!
Here we come 2012!