How To Make Good On Your Resolutions

So we are approaching the half way mark for January…how are the resolutions going? Have you been able to keep them? Did you make any in the first place? Well if you’re struggling to keep, or have already broken them, not to worry. I have some helpful tips to help you achieve the goals you have set for 2012 and beyond…

Set Realistic Goals

Are your resolutions realistic? Deciding to lose weight is a very popular goal, particularly after the holidays, but many people set unrealistic amounts of weight to lose in too short a space of time. Avoid making unrealistic or over ambitious resolutions as you are more likely to abandon them and feel bad for doing so before the end of the month. Instead…

Start Small

Decide on your goal, whether it’s weight loss, muscle gain, improved fitness levels or healthier eating habits, and then set smaller mini goals that are easy to accomplish. For example, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. It can be walking, resistance training, swimming, whatever appeals to you. Everybody can find 30 minutes each day for exercise, and it all adds up. 30 minutes a day = 3.5hours of exercise per week!

Be Clear On Your Goals And Take Action

Do you know what you want to achieve, or do you just have a vague idea of being “fit” and “healthy”? You need to decide exactly what it is you want to achieve.

If you want to eat healthier, take action – buy fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats, and keep them on hand.

If you want to get fit, set a time in your diary or a reminder on your phone for when you are going to exercise, what activity you’ll be doing, and stick to it! If you don’t have training gear, get some! There are sales on everywhere. Hold yourself accountable. Again setting smaller easily achievable goals are going to help you towards reaching the bigger goal.

Joining a fitness class can help keep you motivated and consistent

Focus On The Positive, Forget The Negative

One of the most helpful things you can do with regards to sticking to your new routines is to focus on the positive. When it comes to eating healthier, the feeling of deprivation can wreck the best intentions. Most people think of boring salads and tasteless foods when they hear the word “diet”. This doesn’t have to be the case at all. It comes down to your mindset.

Focus on colourful fresh fruits and vegetables, like berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, green, red and black grapes, carrots, butternut squash, green, red, and yellow peppers. Leafy greens like spinach, chard, rocket, all types of lettuce.  Whole food carbs, like oats, brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes. Delicious sources of protein, like fresh fish like wild pink or red salmon, lean beef, whole eggs (always choose organic eggs) .

Think of how good you’re going to look and feel taking in all these healthy and nutritious foods. Same goes for being more active. Focus on how much more confident you’ll feel about your body, and how you’ll have so much more energy throughout the day by being an active person. Not to mention improved sleep quality.

Hard Work, Commitment & Consistency = Success

Now I’m not going to tell you achieving your goals will be effortless. It may be challenging at times. It takes time and commitment to make new habits stick. However, if you are determined to reach your goals, are crystal clear on what you want to achieve, and consistently make the effort, you will succeed.

Have you made any new years resolutions? How are you getting on? Let me know in the comments…

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