New Year's Resolutions
Making those New Year’s resolutions resolute
So it’s already February, and whilst I’m not sure where January went, I am sure that by now you’re most likely either struggling to hold onto any New Year’s resolutions you so optimistically made, or have completely given up.
Not the ideal situation you envisioned on the 1st of January when you raided the health food aisle of your local supermarket and spent $28 on chia seeds and coconut oil. But stress less, because I have compiled a list of tips that may just help you make your resolutions stick. Here they are:
- 1. Start small
Most people’s resolutions fall short when they try to change too much at once. This stresses the body and you automatically seek out the familiar, crawling right back into old habits. Make small changes each week instead, or every other week and you’ll have more success. Slow and steady wins the race.
- 2. Set goals
Set specific goals to help you progress towards where you want to be and what you want to be doing, seeing your progress will inspire you to keep going. But make sure your goals are realistic, because if you don’t believe that they are achievable you wont even try and you’ll be back to square one. Also ensure that your goals are adaptable because we all know that life does not always go according to plan.
If you’re an excellent procrastinator like me, you might want to give your goals a timeline, to try and keep you from putting them off week after week.
- 3. Acknowledge that there will be setbacks
There will always be certain behaviours, emotions, situations and thoughts that will have you reaching for the chocolate, that’s just a part of life. The key is to recognise these set backs and create strategies to combat them. For example, if you know you’ll binge on chocolate if you have it in the house, then don’t keep it the house. Simple. Don’t let a small lapse send you spiralling back into your old habits. Make sure your goals are flexible, don’t let one too many wines on a night out to dinner with your girlfriends ruin your progress for the week.
- 4. Keep it simple
Most people focus their lifestyle changes around their health, which is great, but tend to get discouraged when they over complicate it. If you break it down it can make a huge difference. My advice is this:
- Find exercise that you enjoy doing, do it with others to help keep yourself accountable and don’t be afraid to switch it up – keep your body adapting to new stimuli
- Remember that you can’t out work a bad diet, build your diet around plant based foods, lean proteins and whole grains
- Keep yourself hydrated, 2L a day is the average recommended
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep so your body can rest, recover and re-energize, use 8 hours as a starting point to find what works for you
I know all of this is easier said than done, but don’t give up. Plan, persist and prosper.
From the Team xo
- written by Maddy Tilley