Fell off the New Year's Resolution Wagon? Easy Steps to Get Back on Track
Mar 03, 2017 09:12AM ● Published by Danielle Tyson
Danielle is the owner of FilledPlate.com, an online platform geared towards busy professionals to help them achieve success by filling their plates with nutrient-dense meals and consistent activity. Coming from the corporate world, she understands the role of nutrition in fueling everyday life and is a true believer in the power of whole foods to treat and prevent disease. She is a certified personal trainer and studying to be a Nutritional Therapy Consultant.
By Danielle Tyson
It’s hard to believe that three months ago we were kick-starting our 2017 resolutions, right? How are those resolutions or intentions going? Have you checked in with yourself lately to see how far you’ve come, readjusted goals or looked to see if the intentions you set in January are still relevant?
Chances are, you may fall into the 92 percent of people who are unable to keep their resolutions. In other words, don’t beat yourself up if you have lost focus on whatever goal it was that you set for yourself. You are human!
But this year is different, remember? You WILL NOT fall back into old habits and routines. You saw a better future for yourself and now is the time to make it happen. Forget about the past three months and focus on the next nine to make 2017 your best year ever!
If you need some help getting back on the wagon, here are a few tips:
- Set smaller goals. With the best intention, you may have set your goals too high. If you’re not a runner, and your goal was to run a half marathon by March, that may have been a little too aggressive. Scale back, and start with a 5K instead. We know that many resolutions involve weight loss. If your goal was to lose 30 pounds in 2017, it may be difficult to feel the urgency, and easier to say, “I have the rest of the year to do that.” Instead, work on specific goals each month such as, “In March, I want to lose four pounds (one pound per week) by doing three days a week of strength training and replacing candy with fruit.”
- Find a partner who is also working on a goal. Chances are, there is a person in your circle who may have fallen off the wagon as well. A cousin, colleague, friend or neighbor. Reach out and offer to support them while you also work on your goals. Set up a monthly coffee date to discuss how things are going and celebrate small wins! Want an online platform? Check out https://www.stickk.com where not only can you set your goal and some stakes toward achieving that goal, but you can enlist a referee (someone you know and trust) to monitor your efforts.
- Find someone who has achieved what you want. I used to LOVE reading the stories in health magazines about people who had lost weight or overcome adversity and are now living a happier and healthier life. Each of them had a different way of achieving what they wanted, and sometimes I wished I could talk to them to understand more! There is someone out there who has fought the battle you are facing and they could be closer than you think! Is there someone in your office who looks amazing after a weight loss journey, or has been consistently exercising or walking even though they hadn’t before? Maybe a relative has started cooking healthier meals or a friend has recently been able to start saving money? Ask them how they did it and see if you can “steal” some of their tactics!
- Understand how and why you are motivated. Each of us is motivated by something different. Some of us are self-motivated. We want to prove to ourselves that we can do what we said we would do, and that is enough to keep us going. Others may need external motivation. Some of us need rewards-based goals. What motivates you? Have you found it hard to stay on track if you don’t have someone holding you accountable? It may be time to invest in a coach–whether that be a nutritionist to help you with your meal planning, or a personal trainer to wake you up in the morning and put you through a good workout, or a financial planner to help you chip away at some of your debt. Use the experts that are around you. Yes, it may be a bit of an investment, but will pay off in the long run.