We’re almost 2 weeks into the New Year! Did you make any resolutions to get fit, lose weight, get more organized or quit smoking? Unfortunately, if you don’t spend some time thinking about why you want to change your behavior and then make a specific, measurable goal that you can realistically achieve within a defined timeframe, you may set yourself up to fail before you even get started. Here are some tips to help you keep your resolutions:
• Write down your reason(s) for wanting to make a change or make a vision board with photos and quotes to help motivate you. Keep it in a place that you will see it like next to your bathroom mirror, in your bedroom or kitchen area, or put it on your Iphone.
• Focus on small, short-term changes that you can track your progress on. Rather than saying you want to lose 30 pounds in a month, be realistic and say “I plan to lose 10 pounds in the next 3 months.” Write down the steps you will take to achieve your goal like exercising 5 days a week; bringing your own lunch; etc.
• Be realistic and don’t expect perfection. Think ahead of situations that will trigger you to want to overeat, smoke or not exercise and be ready with alternative ways to cope with these situations. Even if you slip up some days, plan to get back on track the next meal or the next day.
• Get support. Find a buddy or consider using a personal trainer to help keep you on track. There are also many free or low cost apps like Lose It, My Fitness Pal, Nike Training Club, Butt Out, etc. to help you track your progress
• Reward yourself every month or every quarter with a new piece of exercise gear, a massage, a manicure, a ticket to a sporting or cultural event, etc.
• Stay positive! Focus on how much more energy you have, being able to breathe or move better, or how many inches you may have lost. Quitting smoking for 2 weeks may not seem like a lot of time, but if you were a pack a day smoker, that would be 280 less cigarettes smoked or over $110 saved! It takes about 21 days to change your thoughts and start a new habit, so give yourself time and patience to make lifestyle changes.
It takes about 2 months to actually make something a habit that will stay with you. Remember, you won’t be able to care well for others in your life if you don’t take some time to care for yourself! Why not resolve to make yourself a priority this year! Health coaching is just one of the many offerings in a Sensia program.
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