I must start by stating that I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions. There technically is nothing different (at least from a health standpoint) between January 1st and September 17th, or May 3rd, or even December 31st. However, they can be a great way to work toward a happier, healthier you. So, if you made new year’s resolutions and have not stuck to them, PLEASE don’t beat yourself up! You can get back to where you want to be with just a couple of easy tips.
Regardless of where you fall on the resolution spectrum, you are not alone. According to StatisticBrain.com, only 8% of American’s actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. Yikes. That’s crazy. Could it be that we make some pretty unrealistic resolutions? Damn skippy! In fact, that question leads me to…
How to stick to your resolutions Tip #1: Break your resolutions down into manageable chunks.
Maybe your resolutions were a bit, ah, lofty? “I’m going to lose 30lbs by February!” or, “I’m finally going to get over that old relationship baggage.” Or even “I’m going to stop watching worthless reality TV!”
Those are all lovely resolutions, but pretty unattainable in one fail swoop. Chop them up into smaller bits and take them on piece by piece. “I’m going to try and lose one pound a week until Valentine’s Day.” “I’m going to write down on a piece of paper some of my relationship issues.” “I’m going to delete three of my 12 reality shows from the DVR.”
Breaking your resolutions down into smaller chunks makes it feel less daunting and makes your goals more achievable. The more you achieve, the more motivated you’ll be to keep going. Ta da!
How to stick to your resolutions tip #2: What gets measured gets changed.
I actually can’t even believe I’m putting this one out there. I’ve heard this countless times from fitness professionals. But alas, it’s true. Measuring your neck, chest, waist, and hips before and after any attempts at weight loss can give you a better measure of your success than just stepping on the scale.
But measuring doesn’t necessarily just pertain to weight loss or changing your body. Just like I mentioned above about the reality TV shows, knowing where you start and measuring where you are going can make all the difference. You might not have realized that you watch 12 worthless reality TV shows every week. Go to your DVR and count them. (Damn, that’s a lot of TV) I’ll bet that just knowing that you watch 12 shows will motivate you to eliminate a few.
How to stick to your resolutions tip #3: Love yourself before, during and after the New Year’s resolutions – regardless of the outcome.
I’ve listed this third, but it may be the most important. Whether you lost that pound a week, wrote down that list of insecurities or even added more reality TV to your DVR instead of deleting… YOUR RESOLUTION SUCCESS DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. You are not just a number on a scale. You are not what you watch on TV. You are not your insecurities. If you stop, that’s okay. If you change them up completely, that’s okay. Just keep focusing on making a happier, healthier you and that will always be resolution enough.