Need tips for how to stick to resolutions?
It’s a new year, and lots of people make resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Here are some tips for sticking to your new years resolutions:
1. Resolve ACTIONS, not OUTCOMES.
For example, a common New Year’s resolution is to “lose weight”, or even more specifically “to lose 20 pounds.” These are worthy goals, but they are too diffuse because you haven’t resolved to do the ACTIONS required to succeed.
It’s better to resolve “not to eat after 7:00 pm” (like in the bestselling Two Week Transformation plan), or to promise yourself that you’ll bring healthy snacks to work so you’re not at the mercy of whatever’s in the break room. These are ACTIONS that you can reliably perform that will get you where you want to go. That is how to stick to resolutions!
2. Be realistic so you don’t give up.
If you make unrealistic promises or set unattainable intentions, you’ll most likely fail quickly, and end up right where you used to be. Absolute resolutions like you’re going to go jogging every day, or never eat dessert again will not lead you to success, because as soon as you miss one day or eat one sweet, you’ve “failed”. That’s when most people give up!
Make yourself a more do-able promise, such as “I will put exercise time in my calendar three days per week,” or “I will limit myself to one dessert each weekend.”
Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise
Since so many people resolve to lose weight and exercise more regularly, here are some specific suggestions for keeping those resolutions:
1. Schedule time for exercise in your calendar.
If you don’t write it in, you will find something else to do with your time. Schedule it like any other important appointment!
2. Plan ahead for eating.
Eating reactively means you don’t know what you’re having for lunch, dinner, or snacks. You grab whatever is available. You probably grab crap, and eat way too much of it. You probably don’t eat enough during the day, then go home after work starving, and eat way too much, too fast, too late.
Plan ahead, and EAT ON PURPOSE!
3. Find a buddy to help you stay accountable.
Make a pact with a friend or family member to help keep you on track, and vice versa. Many people need a “dammit” buddy —
“Get off the couch, dammit, let’s go work out.”
“No way, dammit, we’re not getting pizza for dinner again.”
Get a dammit buddy or a personal trainer to keep yourself accountable!
If you’re ready to kick things up a notch with your personal FITNESS and NUTRITION, get some accountability by contacting Dan right now to schedule a time to talk about what kind of help will work best for you.