Lots of us make a list of the habits we would like to change or ways to improve at the end of every year. Lots of self-promises are made which may be either forgotten as the year progresses or disregarded. Did you know that only one in ten people actually achieve their goal?
Every year, you may notice people getting hyped up in the beginning of January and start signing up for nutrition sessions, paying gym memberships and start getting very enthusiastic the first few couple of weeks of the year then gradually forget all about it.
Here are a few ways that may help actually make this work for a change this year.
Try to avoid making a huge list of changes all at once. Choose one healthy change such as cutting out sugar, drinking more water or exercising for 30 minutes a day then after you master it completely and it becomes your new norm, you can gradually add the next.
Try to be as specific as possible when setting your goals instead of leaving them open ended with no time frame or details. For example, by the first day of February I would like to have had 30 days with no junk food, or for the next two weeks, I would like to walk for 10,000 steps a day or even after six weeks, I would like to have decreased by smoking to 1 cigarette a day instead of 20.
Think about what actually motivates to you. Why are you really doing this? Do you want to feel healthier? Look slimmer? Have more energy? Be stronger? And why do you want these things so much? Are you doing this for yourself, kids or someone you love? Always remember why you set this goal in the first place to help keep you on track.
We are not robots, we are humans with weaknesses! Expect to fail from time to time but this doesn’t necessarily mean you should give up completely. Many of us are extremists, we either choose to eat healthy, exercise, sleep early and do everything we should be doing OR the complete opposite! It doesn’t have to be one extreme or the complete other. Just because you messed up today doesn’t mean you have to continue messing up! Flip the page and get back on the track.
Ask people around you for support. In a culture that relies heavily on friends and family, make use of this blessing. There is nothing more frustrating than starting to make healthier choices, then you go a family member for lunch who keeps insisting that you have a piece of cake or they will get upset, “but I made your favorite cake specially for you” so you feel obliged to give in. Peer pressure doesn’t only exist in school! Ask them to be supportive and explain how important your new resolution is for you.
Lastly, do not be too harsh on yourselves; be reasonable in the changes you commit to.
Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy 2017! There is no bigger wealth in life than HEALTH.