Happy YOU Year!

 Tips on keeping your new year’s resolutions all year long!

A new year holds the promise of starting over, improving yourself or just getting back on track after weeks and weeks of overindulging on family dinners, egg nog and cookies! It’s time to focus on YOU! Whether your resolution is to lower your cholesterol, lose weight, fit into those skinny jeans, run your first 5k or train for your first marathon, staying on track can be the real challenge. Here are some quick tips for keeping those new year’s resolutions on track all year long:

 

  1. Write down your goal.
    This is the key to goal setting in general, personal or professional. Make this the “big picture” goal. Be sure it is measurable and has a time frame associated with it. Now put it somewhere where you can see it daily – your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, closet door – you know – the place where it will have the most impact.
  1. Be realistic.
    If you have never run further than your mailbox, setting a goal to run a marathon in October may be far-fetched. Set yourself up for success. Commit to a training program for a 5k and build to a 10k, etc. Similarly, vowing to lose 50 pounds in a 2 month time period is also unrealistic and unhealthy. Take time to set a goal that is achievable and sustainable over time (we will get to that later!)
  1. Set smaller goals.
    Your ultimate goal may seem overwhelming at first. Setting smaller goals day by day, week by week, month by month will help you get there, and it will also give you smaller milestones to celebrate! Tracking your journey can help you identify good and bad days along the way creating an opportunity to learn and grow. Each day is a new beginning. Don’t focus on a failure of the past, but the opportunities of the future! Learn from mistakes!
  1. Tell someone your goals.
    Once you commit your goals to paper, tell someone. Better yet, find an accountability partner. It’s hard to skip a workout when your friend is saving you a mat at the yoga studio or meeting you at the gym. If you don’t have a like-minded friend, there are many on-line communities that offer support and even have trainers to answer fitness questions. Consider a pedometer type device such as a Fitbit that allows you to track your steps, calories, distance, water consumption and even sleep (in some models) and offers the opportunity to sync to your smart phone and computer. You can even find “friends” and challenge each other to stay on track and set those “smaller goals” on these devices!
  1. Remove temptation.
    Need to lower your cholesterol? Lose weight? Chances are you know the offending items in your fridge and pantry that you can’t resist. Get rid of them. Out of sight, out of mind. If you must have these items for other members of your family, store them in the back of your pantry or on the top shelf of your cabinet, out of reach. When temptation does strike, think back on your goals and who that final YOU is…how she/he thinks. What would the new YOU do?
  1. Start on a Monday.
    Like a new year, Monday is a fresh start after the weekend.
  1. Drink more water.
    Whatever your wellness goal, you probably need to drink more water. If you are thirsty, you are probably dehydrated. Stay on top of your water consumption by drinking your weight in ounces. Your body needs it.
  1. Get enough sleep.
    Adults should log 6-8 hours a sleep a night for optimal health. Your body needs this time to recharge and repair any muscle damage. Plus, you will have a clear head the next morning, which will allow you to make good choices.
  1. Meditate.
    You don’t need to pull out a yoga mat and light candles to experience the benefits of mediation. Just close your eyes and take 5-10 minutes of quiet time daily to reflect and just BE.
  1. K.I.S.S.
    Sure, kissing is good too, but really, above all Keep It Simple…and Sustainable. These tips seem simple…because they are. You should establish habits that last a lifetime, not just until February. Experts say it only takes 2 weeks to create a new habit. Think about that! Simple, right? You will have good days and bad days, but if you follow these tips, you will soon see that your resolutions have STUCK and they are now part of your everyday life.Need help getting started? Make an appointment with our office to discuss your health and establish some wellness goals for the new year. It is never too late to start!

We wish you a happy, healthy YOU year!