Healthy living is a hard change for all of us to make. Many of us spend a lot of time and energy trying to eat right, exercise, and live an overall healthy life. Want an easy and delicious way to improve your health? Some people use the start of a new year as an excuse to kick start their health plan. Using a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get healthy is great, but you don’t have to wait for the “New Year”. Stop the cycle of trying to make changes and then not following through. We’ll help you set your goals and make attaining them a little easier.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Make your goal attainable, unlike committing to NEVER eat your favorite food again, which sets you up to fail. Strive for a reachable target and reach for it.
Map Your Goal
Don’t give in to the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that piece of cake. Try calling on a friend for help or have some self-talk, and remind yourself how “badly” it will affect your goal.
Make a “Do” and” Don’t” List
It helps us to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your goal in mind.
Share It With Friends
Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a friend who shares your resolution and motivate each other.
If your resolution is to eat a better diet, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better then reward yourself with new clothes.
Track Your Progress
Track each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help motivate you.
Written by: Reema Madhian, Dietician