So technically we should be on Day 3 of trying to achieve our New Year’s Resolutions!
I know a lot of people choose not to make any because they believe you should be following your dreams and trying to be a better version of yourself all year round, however I would like to support the people who have made decisions to try and change…
5 TOP TIPS
- Pick no more than 10 resolutions. Write them down on a piece of paper and leave it somewhere you will see it regularly so you are always reminded of the things you are trying to achieve. This year I have only chosen 5 resolutions because I think it’s much easier to stay focused on a small amount of goals rather than trying to change everything in one go! Remember choose REALISTIC goals too!
- Tell as many people as you can about your resolutions. Whether you are trying to lose weight or quit smoking the more people you tell the more accountable you will be for your actions. These people can also act as a support network for you, they are more likely to help you if they know you are serious about wanting to change.
- Methods to reach your goals. Don’t just write your goals down, think about the ways your will achieve them. For example if you want to lose weight, your aim could be to join a gym and try to go three times a week. If your goal is to spend more time with family and friends then your aim could be to always plan a date a week in advance so you will have time to see them.
- Make short term goals. Although your long term goal might be to run a marathon, if you have never stepped foot in a gym before this is a very big goal, of course it is 100% achievable but to stay on track it is a good idea to make mini goals too. So you could start off by giving yourself a goal of being able to run 5k first. Once this is achieved you know you are on the way to achieving your long term goal and you will feel happy you have accomplished something towards your goal 🙂 Make sure you track your progress too so you are reminded how far you have come. Your goals can be adjusted frequently and you should always remember why you started in the first place.
- Stay positive. Every body will slip up at some point but it is getting back to it that matters. Don’t be one of these people who watch their dreams slip past them. Just because you mess up it doesn’t mean you can’t start again, you don’t need to wait till next year or next month, you can start again straight away! You only fail when you give up 🙂
Now let’s look at some of the most common resolutions and some ideas of how to stick to them…
- DRINK MORE WATER
Upon wakening make sure the first thing you do is drink a large glass of water. This will set you up for the day and will also boost your metabolism.
Create a water bottle with times on so you know how much you have drank
- EAT HEALTHY
The best way to eat healthy is to limit the amount of processed food you eat and to eat more natural home cooked food such as fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts.
Stay away from fad diets. Yes they make work short term but companies like Herbalife/Juice plus make their money on the fact you will lose weight then yoyo diet, put the weight back on and then go back to them for another quick fix. Wouldn’t you rather lose the weight slowly and be able to keep it off for good?
I know a lot of people are intimidated to join a gym and I wish I could give you all the confidence you need to get in there. Just remember we all started somewhere and there are plenty of people who work in the gym that can help you if you don’t know where to begin.
If going to the gym is too daunting for you, why not start with home workouts.
Choose an exercise you will enjoy, whether it be swimming or even a team sport it is a great way to meet new people.
- BE HAPPIER
I’m sure I saw this idea from @NicolaJaneHobbs blog and I completely loved it….. Make a gratuity jar. Find a clear empty jar and every time you think of a reason to be happy, write it down on a piece of paper and pop it into the jar. Whenever you are feeling sad you can look at the jar and remember all the reasons you have to feel happy 🙂
- HAVE MORE TIME
Track your time – how much time do you really spend on Facebook or in front of the TV?
Only open social media sites once you have done your tasks for the morning and then only open it once after if you need to reply.
Write to do lists and prioritise your time.