Have you forgotten your New Year’s resolutions? Or, have you given up all together? It’s never too late to give
your New Year’s resolutions a little wake-up call. It’s tough to take time and think about the things you want to accomplish when you’re so busy. What were your resolutions? Did you decide to eat healthier or smaller portions, exercise or stick to your financial budget? Don’t throw in the towel yet, it’s time to get back on track and refresh those resolutions!
This is easier said than done. The first step is to remember WHY you made these New Year’s resolutions. What benefit are you going to gain by achieving this goal? Next, list the reasons that you want to make these changes in your life for a little motivation. Writing them down on paper or in a journal is helpful.
Remember you are moving forward from this point, so don’t beat yourself up for not getting started. Stay positive and congratulate yourself on the progress you make when moving towards your goal. Finally, ask yourself: “Are my goals clear for 2011?” You may have said to yourself as the ball dropped toward a new year, “I want to lose weight” – but you didn’t clarify how much you wanted to lose or even HOW you were going to achieve this goal. Your resolutions (goals) need to be measurable and attainable. An example of a defined goal is: “I will lose ten pounds by June 1st by walking three miles four days per week and eating more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy and sticking to around 1500 calories a day.” Remember that setting small, measurable goals in order to achieve your overall goal will help you focus and succeed.
Don’t be one of the many statistics and fizzle out through the year. Do something, anything, today and jump start your resolutions. You will feel so much better and your health with thank you.