The New Year will be here soon and the need to make a New Year's Resolution will be upon us. It can be very exciting to reinvent ourselves, but by the end of the first month, our motivation usually begins to fade. After years of unsuccessful attempts at making a change, many of us have come to believe that resolutions simply do not work. But they really can. To help you adhere to what you resolve to do in 2013, we suggest the following:
Make one big resolution, but break it into smaller monthly targets. Whether your goals are health-, finance- or skill-related, establishing monthly goals aimed towards the accomplishment of a big goal will help you feel less overwhelmed, keeping you on track. For weight loss, a healthy goal is to lose four to eight pounds per month to achieve a total weight loss of roughly 20-40 pounds in six months.
Keep your future self in mind.
Visualize what you want to see from yourself a month to three months from now, or even a whole year. By picturing your future self, you'll stay motivated every step of the way. In addition, finding a role model who inspires you can also keep you motivated.
Don't sacrifice what you want for what you want now.
Events, people, and the choices you make can potentially sabotage your progress. Know what barriers exist or can surface and remember that you can say "no" without feeling guilty. In the long run, you'll feel more empowered from overcoming challenges and rewarded for delaying gratification. Drinking half of a health shake for a snack will help control the temptations of eating foods that are empty in calories.
Say to yourself, "This will only take a few minutes."
At some point you may lose sight of your goals and slip back into old habits. Repeating the mantra to yourself that it will only take 30 seconds or so to finish a task, helps you to remain consistent while forming better habits.
By: Jamie Luu, Nutrition Assistant at Almased USA, Inc.
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