How to Keep Your Resolutions Going After the New Year
- Possible Pat
- January 16, 2019
It’s three weeks after the New Year and by now if you’re like most people, then you have either already given up on your resolutions or are slowly falling behind. In fact, reports show that up to 60% of people give up their New Year Resolutions by the end of January, and that number rises by the end of February.
So what can you do now to help you stay on track and not give up your resolutions completely? How can you make progress so that all of your wellness goals can stay on track?
The biggest thing you can do is understand that resolutions are just basic goals we have for ourselves. They don’t need to be overly complicated or be instantly life-changing. Approaching it like this helps to take the pressure of “The Resolution” off of us and helps us make smaller adjustments so that our goals can be reached.
Keep It Positive
It’s normal to feel down if you mess up on a resolution, whether you fall off track in the beginning or after months of hard work. When you make a mistake it can be easy to throw all of your goals out of the window. For example, if you have a goal to stop consuming sugar and you fall off track for a week, don’t give up. Figure out why you started to eat sugar again and how you can prevent it from happening in the future. Once you’ve recognized where you went wrong, take that awareness and start back towards your goal with your new knowledge.
The goal is not to dwell on it and not to beat yourself up over it! Being down on yourself for not holding onto your resolution to a tee is a sure fire way to get discouraged all together and quit. Instead, the idea should be to do better than you did the day before. And, if you did worse, just focus on doing better the next day.
The best way to approach going off course is to say “it’s ok, let’s try again.” Stay positive that you can hit your goal even with the slip-ups and spend time re-evaluating your mistakes so you can hit your goals.
Take inventory of what you have already done, no matter how big or small, and give yourself a pat on the back. Any step in the right direction is good, and you should be allowed to celebrate even the smallest win.
Be Realistic with Your Expectations
If you find yourself suddenly slipping, or not reaching your goal as quickly as you had hoped, then the next step is too look at your goals and ask yourself, “Did I set my goals too big, or make too many all at once?” It’s ok to have big goals, but setting out to lose 100 pounds in 3 months won’t be possible for everyone, and shouldn’t be expected. We all live very different lifestyles and have different challenges, and so we need to make realistic goals that reflect the real challenges that we face.
This same idea can be applied to all of our resolutions, especially when it comes to losing weight and eating healthier. For example, you may have a goal to give up eating bad foods, or not eating fast food ever again. While these are great goals, but upfront can be they can be intimidating and hard to achieve if we are not realistic on what is achievable all at one time. It may be unrealistic to cut out all foods at once, rather than working towards a goal.
Re-Adjust Your Goals
If you’ve set a huge goal for yourself and you feel that you may have overestimated your ability to reach it, one way to adjust it is to pick one thing or a portion of one thing to hit at a time. For example, if you want to lose 100 pounds in 3 months, space it out further and give yourself a year to create healthy, lasting weight loss as you go.
Another example is giving up fast food. Instead of going from 3 times a week to none, first start with setting a goal of just 1 time a week.
If you want to stop eating junk food, it’s best to clean it out of your house and then work on giving up one thing you eat a lot of. If it’s soda, crackers, and chips, focus on one of these first. That way you can put your energy into creating a habit that can lead to giving up another one of those things.
Create Smaller Goals out of Bigger Goals
One way to set yourself up with tangible progress that keeps your momentum going is to break big goals into smaller goals. If you have established realistic goals that challenge you but do not cause you to give up, it’s time to set up some steps so you can see how you’re doing.
If you want to lose 100 pounds this year, break each month into a goal of losing 8-10 pounds. That way you’re reaching for smaller, bite-sized accomplishments where accomplishments are more often and realistically reached.
If your goal is to give up fast food it can be broken into small goals, like only going 1 time a week in January and February but in March and April going only 2 times a month and then lowering it to 1 time a month until you reach your goal of 0!
If your goal is cutting out junk food, you can do the same thing by giving up just 1 thing for the first month and adding in other foods gradually as it becomes habitual. This is especially useful when cutting out the hardest foods to give up, such as dairy and soda. When you give up everything at once it can become overwhelming and you are more likely to give up on your goals.
Reignite with Friends
You aren’t the only one who made a New Years Resolution, and you’re not the only one who might have broken them already. Look for friends who want support to get back on track and stay on track.
Other ways to stay accountable are joining community groups of people who are trying to get healthy or even a Facebook group or a membership program like Team Possible can help you meet and connect with other people looking for support on their journey.
Reward Yourself with Healthy Options
Finally, don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back when you stick to your goals! It’s important to reward ourselves in a healthy way when we achieve what we set out to do. Things like going to a baseball game, or getting ourselves a new shirt we wanted when we lost weight can help us stay on track knowing we have a reward coming.
Maybe it’s new socks for the gym, a book you’ve wanted to read, or a new lamp for your bedroom. It could just be treating yourself out to a movie! Remember rewards should move you to your goals, not backtrack on them, so just remember to pick things that support your hard work.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.