As we close out the first month of the new year, many have made and kept healthy New Year's resolutions, while others may be struggling to either start them to stay on course. Fear not! Here's what you should do to keep your New Year's resolutions.
Make 2016 your healthiest year yet by finding ways to boost your health and well-being, and be an inspiration!
Whether it's losing weight or trying to quit smoking, remember you didn't gain that extra weight overnight or you didn't become a smoker over the weekend. Just as long as it took to build these habits, it will also take time to break them. Be realistic with your goals and take small steps to get back on track.
Focus on Process, Not Outcomes
How great would it be to wake up the next day and your back to your goal weight? It won't be that easy, but if you start focusing on the process and not the outcomes, you will get closer to your goal and also make better lifestyle choices.
Set Positive Goals
Focus on positive goals rather than negative ones. Rather than focusing on being overweight, turn it into a positive and sign up for a fitness class or learn how to make a healthy homemade meal.
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Whatever your resolution may be, decide for yourself what the best plan will be, especially when temptation strikes. Call a friend, meditate or remind yourself why you made this resolution in the first place.
Of course there will be a reward when you reach your goal, but it's even more important to reward yourself along the way. Treat yourself to a day at the spa or bring a friend to the movies. Whatever it is, be sure it doesn't contradict your resolution.
Don't Beat Yourself Up
It happens; we're all going to have slip-ups, but just let it go and move on from there. See this as an opportunity to refocus on your goal.
Not an ounce of motivation left to stay on track? That's okay. Start over again and again and again! Commit to your goal for 24 hours and then another 24 hours and before you know it you will be back on track and focused on the process you set up to reach your goal.
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