Tag Archives: New Years resolutions

8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

2015-2016We all have good intentions when we set New Year’s resolutions. We intend to make a change for the better. We want to reach our goals. We plan to make them happen. Yet, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

So, how do they do it? Here are 8 tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year:

Keep it simple
We tend to get a little gung ho about the new year. It’s easy to end up with a resolutions list that looks like a grocery list. When you set your expectations too high, it makes it easier to fail. Try to limit your list to two or three resolutions you intend to keep. You’ll maintain your focus and efforts with just a few resolutions.

Make it realistic
You may want to lose weight as one of your resolutions. You need to set a tangible, realistic goal. For instance, you may want to lose 50 pounds. However, it may take you over a year to create a healthy routine that allows you to shed the weight and maintain your results.

Create a plan
One way to help keep your resolutions and meet your goals is to create a plan. If you want to lost weight, you can set weekly goals for changing your eating habits and establishing an exercise routine. For instance, the first week you can go through your cabinets and eliminate the less healthy food choices. Create a grocery list of nutritious food options. You might also decide to walk for 30 minutes 4 or 5 days a week. When you have short-term goals, you are more likely to stay committed and on-track for the longer term.

Be passionate
Make sure you choose resolutions that you really want. Put some careful thought into it. You may be feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with your work-life balance. Take some time to think about how you can create more harmony between these two parts of your life. You can make an effort to shut work off in the evenings after 6pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. You may want to work on your relationships with family. Develop a plan to do one fun activity with your spouse and/or kids once a week.

Track it
Tracking your progress will help you stay accountable and keep the resolution in the front of your mind. If your goal is to exercise, write your achievements on a calendar where you can check it regularly. Or, put a gold star on the calendar when you do something as a family. Seeing your results will encourage you to work even harder at maintaining your goal.

Celebrate your successes
You deserve to acknowledge a job well done. Think about ways to treat yourself when you reach the milestones you’ve set. Just be sure it’s a positive reward that will help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. If your goal is to get your finances in order and pay down debt, then going on a shopping spree may not be a good reward.

Believe in yourself
Your biggest fan has to be you. No matter how much friends or family may support you, it comes down to you. Breaking down a big goal into smaller steps can help you build up your belief that you can do it. Once you see you can make small changes in your behavior and habits, you will be inspired to do more.

Forgive yourself
Don’t give up if you slip up here and there. No one is perfect. It’s how you handle the setbacks that matter. If you go out with friends and eat too many fried, fattening foods topped off with a big dessert, then get back to your regular routine the next day. Getting off track every once in a while shouldn’t deter your from continuing toward your goal.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and more balanced 2016! Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? What will you do to increase your chances of keeping them?

Advertisements

8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Untitled-1We all have good intentions when we set New Year’s resolutions. We intend to make a change for the better. We want to reach our goals. We plan to make them happen. Yet, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

So, how do they do it? Here are 8 tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year:

Keep it simple
We tend to get a little gung ho about the new year. It’s easy to end up with a resolutions list that looks like a grocery list. When you set your expectations too high, it makes it easier to fail. Try to limit your list to two or three resolutions you intend to keep. You are able to maintain your focus and efforts with just a few resolutions.

Make it realistic
You may want to lose weight as one of your resolutions. You need to set a tangible, realistic goal. For instance, you may want to lose 50 pounds. However, it may take you over a year to create a healthy routine that allows you to shed the weight and maintain your results.

Create a plan
One way to help keep your resolutions and meet your goals is to create a plan. If you want to lost weight, you can set weekly goals for changing your eating habits and establishing an exercise routine. For instance, the first week you can go through your cabinets and eliminate the less healthy food choices. Create a grocery list of nutritious food options. You might also decide to walk for 30 minutes 4 or 5 days a week. When you have short-term goals, you are more likely to stay committed and on-track for the longer term.

Be passionate
Make sure you choose resolutions that you really want. Put some careful thought into it. You may be feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with your work-life balance. Take some time to think about how you can create more harmony between these two parts of your life. You can make an effort to shut work off in the evenings after 6pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. You may want to work on your relationships with family. Develop a plan to do one fun activity with your spouse and/or kids once a week.

Track it
Tracking your progress will help you stay accountable and keep the resolution in the front of your mind. If your goal is to exercise, write your achievements on a calendar where you can check it regularly. Or, put a gold star on the calendar when you do something as a family. Seeing your results will encourage you to work even harder at maintaining your goal.

Celebrate your successes
You deserve to acknowledge a job well done. Think about ways to treat yourself when you reach the milestones you’ve set. Just be sure it’s a positive reward that will help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. If your goal is to get your finances in order and pay down debt, then going on a shopping spree may not be a good reward.

Believe in yourself
Your biggest fan has to be you. No matter how much friends or family may support you, it comes down to you. Breaking down a big goal into smaller steps can help you build up your belief that you can do it. Once you see you can make small changes in your behavior and habits, you will be inspired to do more.

Forgive yourself
Don’t give up if you slip up here and there. No one is perfect. It’s how you handle the setbacks that matter. If you go out with friends and eat too many fried, fattening foods topped off with a big dessert, then get back to your regular routine the next day. Getting off track every once in a while shouldn’t deter your from continuing toward your goal.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and more balanced 2015! Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? What will you do to increase your chances of keeping them?

10 healthy habits for the new year

new year healthier youI make New Year’s resolutions every year, but rarely keep them. This year, I plan to focus on establishing healthy habits. I am continuing on the path to creating a more balanced life.

Choosing healthier habits for the new year can be easy and rewarding. Here are 10 healthy habits that we can start right now:

Get moving
I have good intentions to exercise every day. Then, I climb in bed at night without fitting in any real exercise, unless you count climbing in and out of the car and up and down the stairs to do laundry. I think my problem is that I feel I should plan and structure my exercise. In reality, I just need to go do it. When I have a few spare minutes, I need to go for a walk, turn on the radio and dance or play tag with my kids.

It’s important to make exercise part of your daily routine. When you make exercising a habit, it simply becomes as vital to you as eating and sleeping. The only way to make it a habit is to get moving and just do it.

Sleep more
I need to get more sleep. I like to stay up late, but then it takes me a while to get going in the morning. I tend to feel sluggish all day. I plan to go to bed earlier in the new year and strive for at least eight hours of sleep. In addition to improving your concentration and mood, getting enough sleep has many health benefits.

Drink water
We have talked about the health benefits of drinking water in the past. Water allows your body to flush out toxins and deliver vital nutrients to your cells. Women need about 9 cups of water a day and men should get 13 cups a day. Make it a goal to drink a cup of water every hour from breakfast to dinner.

Cut back on sugar and caffeine
It may seem contradictory, but cutting back on sugar can actually increase your energy levels. You are able to minimize the highs and lows that sweet treats can cause. Most of us are already over-stimulated by the stresses of everyday life – adding in caffeine just makes us more jittery and on edge. You will find more balance and maintain a level mood by keeping sugar and caffeine to a minimum.

Set a budget
I have a hard time sticking to a budget. We live in a world of instant gratification. You want it – you go buy it. However, it can be more satisfying to save money and live on a budget. You can reward yourself with larger purchases once you have achieved your goals of paying off credit cards, saving for a vacation, or planning for college educations or retirement. You can reduce your stress levels and feel more balanced when you live within a budget.

Eat your vegetables
I admit it – I do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. I need to change my habit of grabbing packaged foods and choose to eat more healthy options. Veggies give you many of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to work properly and fight infections. They can help protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer and many more illnesses. Try to work a rainbow of vegetables into your diet.

Reconnect with friends
I get so caught up in work, taking care of my kids and doing chores that I forget to make time for my friends. We need our friends for better health. In fact, our friends may help us live longer. Make it a habit to spend time with your friends and improve your health!

Get organized
Clutter is a part of modern life. We simply tend to collect a lot of stuff. Your clutter can bring you down, though. Make it a goal to declutter your living space in 2014 and get in the habit of keeping it that way. Reorganize your living room for better use and flow. Clean out your kitchen cabinets and get rid of things that aren’t good for you, including processed foods containing white flours, sugar and unhealthy oils.

Volunteer
I tend to think I’m in control of my own happiness. However, I have learned that our happiness also increases when we help others. Being happy is good for your health. Plan to find new ways to give back to others in the new year. We need to broaden our horizons and recognize the need to help others.

Make “you” time
Don’t forget to make time for you. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and chaos of life and forget to take time for yourself. I realized recently that there is very little I do just because I want to do it. I work, take care of my family and run a household. I am making it a goal to find something that I find rewarding.

What healthy habits would you like to develop in 2014? What tips do you have for sticking with your healthy goals?