Sticking to the healthy New Year’s resolution

January 2, 2014|Posted in: Health, Mind, Spirit, Workouts

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Happy New Year!  It’s the first day of a new year.  A day when many are planning out what the next year holds, dreaming big, making goals, and of course – coming up with those New Year’s resolutions.  One of the most popular resolutions is, of course, to lose weight.  Or as I prefer to look at it – start and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  This is a great goal and what an appropriate time.  We have all indulged over the holidays and are probably carrying a few extra pounds because of it.  It’s a new year and a fresh start.  So let’s get healthy!

Many times these resolutions are short lived.  It’s easy to fall back into a lifestyle you are used to and it’s really hard breaking old habits.  I get it.  But as someone who has made resolutions and stuck with them, I’m here to offer some advice.  Below are a few tips I have to help you stick with your plan and hopefully motivate you!

1. Make the right goals.

Making goals is definitely necessary to get into a healthy lifestyle.  But remember to make the right ones.  If you’ve never run a mile before, it’s probably a bit much to make a goal of running a marathon this year.  Not that it can’t be done, but it’s a very hard goal to achieve that quickly.  Start with a goal of a 5K and increase it from there.  Or say you are trying to eat healthier.  Don’t push yourself too far by making every meal be 100% healthy (I am a believer of moderation after all).  Start small and make a goal of eating 2 healthy meals a day (breakfast and lunch for example) and letting yourself indulge a little at dinner.

2. Treat yourself.

Being healthy can be a lot of fun!  Get yourself some fun, new things to keep you on track.  Go shopping for some new workout clothes that you love.  Buy some new kitchen gadgets or cookbooks that will inspire you to cook healthy.  There is nothing wrong with treating yourself to some nice things to get you going!

3. Find YOUR motivation.

What motivates you is most likely not the same thing that motivates someone else.  Find out what gets you motivated and inspired.  For me, it’s having a goal like a race in mind and a time I want to get.  For you, it might be a beach trip, your family, a reunion, a doctor telling you that you need to get in shape, or any other personal reason.  Whatever works for you, identify that and use it as your fuel.

4. Make a plan.  Write it down.

Once you figure out how you are going to maintain a healthy lifestyle, write it down.  If it’s attending exercise classes, put it in your calendar.  If it’s making healthier meals, plan some out and having grocery lists handy so you can always be prepared.

5. Slow and steady wins the race.

These types of changes don’t happen overnight.  I often get asked how in the world I have run marathons.  Well, it took years of running and then months of training to get there.  It doesn’t happen overnight but it WILL happen.  Keep that in mind.  Start small and keep progressing from there.

6. A few slip ups are not the end of the world.

So you missed a work out?  Ate a bad meal?  Get over it.  Seriously!  Reflect on it and realize that it happened but that you will continue on your path of a healthy lifestyle.  There is no use dwelling on it and being hard on yourself.  We’re not perfect.  We’re human.

Whatever your goals are this year, I wish you the best in achieving them.  I wish you all a healthy and wonderful year!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.