Happy 2018! It’s a new year and for many, that means setting resolutions, new projects, new goals and most often, anticipated changes.
Resolutions related to health are some of the most popular seen. With the start of a new year, many vow to stop eating sugar, exercise more and finally do “the thing.” Most often though, these resolutions don’t see it past the paper they’re written on or they’re forgotten within a few weeks.
You CAN stay on track with your health resolutions by being diligent about a long-term change as opposed to something you’re now going to do because the date changed. Here’s 5 tips to get you started this year.
1. Set small incremental goals to start. Don’t say you’re going to lose 20 pounds, start with 2, maybe 5. Make it something achievable (read our post about setting SMART goals ).
2. Don’t watch the scale! You may think that weighing yourself often is helpful to track progress and it is, but not everyday. Our weight fluctuates daily based on digestion, water, hormones and other factors. Weighing once a week or once every two weeks (even once a month!) is enough to see if you’re making progress.
3. Don’t expect change overnight. If you are sedentary and start including exercise, chances are you’ll lose a decent amount fairly quickly. In general, this is actually water weight, not fat which is why it comes off so fast. Within a few weeks, this will even out to a more slow and steady pace. Don’t give up when the pounds start melting off! Keep it up and youll see substantial change.
4. Make sustainable lifestyle changes. Exercising is great and dieting works but instead of focusing only on the end outcome, pay attention to the little things. Incorporate 5 new vegetables into your dinner rotation, if you eat out for lunch everyday, make at least 2 of your meals. Little things will lead to bigger lifestyle changes that will not only help you achieve your goals but go beyond them.
5. Be accountable. Ever heard the term “resolutioner”? That’s the name given to the influx of people at the gym after January 1. Keep your motivation going by making yourself accountable. Keep a meal or workout record, post somewhere every time you go to the gym, treat yourself to something small at every milestone. The more you stay accountable, the better off you’ll be.