How To Succeed With Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
This time of year it is easy to find healthy tips, recipes, and articles to help you make healthy resolutions for the New Year. Most people you purchase a new gym membership or healthy recipe books with all the best intentions find themselves slipping back into their old habits before January is even over. Here are some ideas to help you stick to your resolutions and have healthy New Year!
Rethink your resolution
If you have been trying for weeks and either are not seeing success or feel that your goal is too unrealistic, give your resolution a makeover. Instead of vowing to lose thirty pounds this year, aim to lose 5 pounds every 2 months. This is much more realistic, and you start with a clean slate every other month.
Many people make resolutions to lose a certain amount of weight or to follow a certain diet. When you don’t get the results you want you to tend to give up. If you find yourself wanting to give up after a few short days or weeks, rethink your resolution and give it another try. Think of it as a new New Year’s resolution.
Keep track of your progress
Want to start eating better? Keep a food diary or log to help you see the bigger the picture. You don’t have to bother counting calories, just jotting down what you eat will help you see what foods you should cut back on, and what food groups you need to increase. You can do this with recipes as well. Which meals left you feeling satisfied, which meals left you wanting to run to the nearest drive-thru?
Learn from your past
Do you swear every year that you will never eat dessert again? How is that going? Look back at the health-related resolutions you have made in the past that did not work, and learn from those attempts. How long did those resolutions last? What made you give in? Perhaps having dessert only after a meal or only 4 times a week is more realistic and would be a better place to start.
If you tend to run out of motivation to keep your resolutions, try making them as a group with family or friends. Having others to cheer you on, share our success with and provide words of encouragement is an excellent way to keep up your new healthy routine. Finding a gym buddy, someone to swap recipes with and having someone to notice your achievements will provide with the motivation you need all year long.
Make the time for your healthy habits
If you find yourself realizing that you don’t actually have the time to go to the gym 5 days a week like you originally planned, cut it back to 3 days and schedule it into your day. You can do this for grocery shopping, cooking, exercising or any other healthy resolution you are having trouble finding time to keep.
These blogs are written by members of the CHI Health Nutrition Services team.