If you love good food, it can be hard to stick to your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, tone up, or just feel healthier. Trust us, we’re right there with you! Since most people will fall off their resolutions before the end of February, we wanted to give you a little motivation to stick with them this year.
Why do you want to feel healthier? Why do you want to lose weight? Maybe you’re in a wedding or getting married. Maybe you’re embarrassed that you get out of breath going up a few flights of stairs. Or maybe you want to work out more so you can try all the best burgers in the city without your waistline expanding. Whatever it is, write it down and put it somewhere you can see it when you don’t feel like working out or staying in for dinner. It will help remind you of your goal, which can help motivate you to stick to it.
If you want to run a marathon, you’re not going to start out by running all 26.2 miles at once. You need to build up to big goals by setting smaller goals that will help you get there. We think it helps to set them monthly or quarterly, which gives you time to reach them while still accounting for the fact that life gets in the way sometimes. Maybe you’ll aim to run a 5K in the first quarter, a half marathon in the second quarter, and a full marathon by the end of the year. Hitting your smaller goals will keep you motivated to push towards the bigger goals.
Remember those smaller goals you set? Break them down even more, and keep track of them. For example, if you want to lose 25 pounds by the end of the year, you’ll need to lose about two pounds each month. Two pounds a month equals about a pound every two weeks…so weigh-in every two weeks and write down your weight. We give you permission to head straight to Target’s stationary aisle and buy yourself a cute calendar or planner for tracking purposes – we’re basically forcing you to!
It’s totally unrealistic to think you’re not going to eat out ever. Trust us, we love going out to eat. But, hear us out. If you can slowly cut down on how often you go out to eat, you’ll save calories and cash. Take it slow and have a plan to set yourself up for success. There are plenty of meal delivery services that can help with this, and tons of websites about easy meal planning. Maybe start by cutting eating out once or twice a week for the month of January. Then decrease it again a little bit in February. Keep up that pace and it won’t feel like such a chore to stay in because you’ll gradually get used to it.
If you want to make healthier choices at a restaurant, look at the menu – and the nutritional information when it’s available – ahead of time. You might be shocked to learn that the salad you thought was healthy actually has more calories than that sandwich you thought you should avoid.
We’re talking pretty small changes here. Get a vinaigrette instead of a creamy dressing. Order water, sparkling water, or unsweetened iced tea instead of pop or wine. Or heck, only get one glass of wine or beer instead of two. Swap the fries for a baked potato or side salad. Small changes can add up, especially if you’re eating out often.
If you haven’t figured it out from our other tips, we think small changes that you keep building on are the key to success. So, make a list of other small changes you can make to help you reach your goals. You’ve heard a lot of these before… Get skim milk in your latte instead of whole milk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the back of the parking lot. Or, better yet, walk or bike instead of driving. We know every tip isn’t for everyone, which is why it’s important to know yourself. If you know what things you will and won’t do, you can come up with ideas that will work for you.
Finally, you need to make sure you hold yourself accountable. Maybe that means signing up for workout classes in advance because you won’t skip out once you’ve made the commitment to going. Or maybe you need to find a friend who has similar goals so you can help each other out. Sometimes it can be as simple as having someone regularly ask you how you’re doing with your goals, so you feel like you need to make progress by the next time they ask. One thing that works for us is checking in every night with our partner by asking two simple questions:
Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions, whatever they are, is all about the mindset. If you can find a way to make small changes part of your daily habits, you’re sure to stick to them all year…or at least longer than February!
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