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Sticking With a New Years Resolution

by ScottG. on December 28, 2011

One of the hardest parts about lifestyle changes is biting off more than you can chew. Choosing a goal like "getting healthier" or "losing 60 pounds" is usually too vague or overwhelming.

When goals feel out of reach, it's easy to abandon your plan altogether. Here are five tips that we think will help you reach any goal, including your New Years resolution.

 

 

  1. Set specific goals that are reachable
    You don't have to work towards one lifetime goal and that's it.  There are many opportunities to set goals and - as surprising as it sounds, you are able to set new goals during the year. Break your big goal into smaller, more specific chunks that can be reached fairly easily.

    For example, if your lifetime goal is to lose 60 pounds, break it up into 10 pound increments. If your goal is to get healthier, break it up into specific goals like walking 2 miles, bench pressing 120 pounds or completing a 5K. These smaller goals will be easier to reach and give you something specific to work towards.
  2. Celebrate the milestones
    These smaller, more specific goals are milestones along your journey. As you reach them, you should celebrate your success, tell your friends and reward yourself with something like new clothes, a weekend getaway, a favorite food you've been avoiding, etc. You've worked hard and you deserve it!
  3. Don't beat yourself up
    We're all human and we all make mistakes. When a slip happens, don't give up! It's too easy to say, "shoot, that burger screwed up my diet, I'll start over Monday." Honestly, how many times have you told yourself that? It's time to get off the pitty potty, forget about the burger and get right back into your routine now... don't wait till Monday!
  4. Write it down
    I find that I'm more accountable if I write stuff down and keep track of my progress. There's something about a blank spot in a journal that motivates me to get to the gym. It'll be helpful to start keeping track of what you're doing and the progress you're making. Luckily, my personal trainer does this for me. He gives me homework and checks up to make sure I've done it. 24 Hour Fitness posts the workout plans that our trainers use so anyone can use them to track their progress. You can find out more and download them here.
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