Did you set realistic New Year's resolutions?
Have you fallen back on your new year's resolutions? If you have answered yes then you need to know that you are 100% not alone as most people don’t stick to them.
Here are the issues:
- You are setting goals after you just enjoyed yourself over the holiday season
- The weather isn't as nice so are you really going to want to scrape your car off at 5:00 am to go to the gym before work?
- It’s dark out which goes along with point 2...
- We feel guilty for relaxing, visiting friends and family and indulging in some holiday treats that we think we need to set these crazy goals
- For some reason January 1st is when you’re going to make change but for some reason the past 12 months wasn’t good timing so what’s different?
- Society tells us we need to lose weight after the holidays when in reality most us don't actually experiences changes in our weight during this time
- We set goals that are not specific, realistic, measurable or time bound. Saying I want to workout more is not exactly the best goal although I do appreciate the thought
Ok, rant over.
You made some goals a few weeks back and they didn't stick? Don’t sweat it. Here is what to do next:
- Reflect on the original goals you set and think about why you didn’t achieve them. Was it because you hate working out in the morning, you don’t know how to cook healthy, you set near impossible goals?
- Now think about what you need and where you need help in order to move forward. Do you need a personal trainer to give you some workouts do to at home with little equipment? Do you need the support of a nutritionist to get you on the right foot? Do you need to schedule in meal prep days or create menu plans for yourself?
- Create new goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound (SMART principle). AND think about your WHY!!
My favourite times to set goals are actually at the beginning of spring and the beginning of September/October. If you are someone who likes to or has already set goals for the new year, then let's work together to actually help you reach those goals. Here are some tips.
- Don't feel defeated if you haven't reached your goals yet or "fell off the wagon"
- Sit down and ask yourself why it is you want to achieve goal x, y, z
- Revaluate how realistic your goals are. You want to challenge yourself but at the same time set goals you can realistically achieve. If you need to redo your goals, there is no problem in doing that. It's better to recognize that now than in 6 months down the road.
- Revaluate your goals monthly or weekly.
- Keep a journal of some sort or a log to track how you're feeling, accomplishments, challenges, etc.
- Get a buddy to help keep you accountable or someone to go to the gym with or meal prep with
Remember, there is nothing wrong with setting goals and wanting to improve your life in some way. Just remember to keep them realistic and to ensure they are coming from a positive mindset and not a negative one!
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