Happy New Year everyone. Can you believe it is 2015 already? If you are like me you are extremely excited about the opportunities the future holds. If you are also goal-oriented like me I am sure you set some health and wellness New Year’s resolutions for yourself so you can be the healthiest you possible.
Here’s the official Internet definition of New Year’s Resolution: A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.
Well failing to plan is planning to fail as the old adage goes. Meaning, just wishing and saying it won’t make it happen. Last year I made some lofty resolutions (run a half marathon and run 2014 miles throughout the year) that I did not achieve. On the other hand I set new resolutions (30 days of drinking green smoothies in January, running a sub-30 minute 5K) that I smashed. These ultimate tips to resolve your resolutions in 2015 will make the difference in whether you achieve your goal or it falls by the wayside collecting dust with other unachieved resolutions. Not this year, not this time.
Ultimate tip #1: Get real – be realistic with your goal(s). If you want to run a half marathon I salute you. But if you have never run 2 miles consistently ever, then you may want to consider how you will make running a half marathon happen. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Perhaps start with a 5K and see how that goes and then slowly increase your mileage races. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but every day they were building.
Ultimate tip #2: See big, think small – I think this is one of the few times thinking small helps you. Set a big or lofty resolution but come up with smaller incremental milestones that gets you closer to achieving that ultimate goal. For instance, with that half marathon example, map out a daily, weekly and monthly plan for your training walk/runs that slowly yet consistently increases your distance to improve your strength and endurance to ultimately run 13.1 miles. Don’t be short-sighted or look for instant results. This kind of thing takes time.
Ultimate tip #3: Fuel up – this tip may seem random but it isn’t. In whatever you set out to do make sure you have the proper fuel to go the distance. With health and fitness-related goals, eating nutritious meals and snacks will give you the energy and strength the body needs to physically accomplish the activity. To use the half marathon example (see a theme here?) if you haven’t been eating the best, eat nutritious food to fuel your body and improve your endurance so your body can go the distance. Progresso™ Light soup is a great option. Progresso™ Light soup has 40 delicious flavors at 100 calories or less per serving, serving up a filling bowl of nutrition.
Ultimate tip #4: Set a timeline – in my mind resolutions and goals are meant to have a deadline. Things can’t linger in perpetuity otherwise they may never get done. That’s the Type A in me. LOL. Set a realistic timeline to achieve your goals. Using the marathon example, if you haven’t ever run or run long distances, it may be best to sign up for a marathon race that gives you time to train properly like 9 to 12 months. That way you have the time to properly train to be successful with the goal.
Ultimate tip #5: Celebrate – when you achieve a milestone or reach your ultimate goal celebrate your success because who doesn’t like a party? Celebration is an awesome way to keep you motivated and pushing towards your resolution because it is something to look forward to in addition to goal achievement. Celebration doesn’t have to be a party. It could be a spa treatment, getting that gorgeous workout gear you always wanted, travelling to an event, etc. You get the idea. Whatever motivates you can be a part of that celebration. I was told this a long time ago and discounted it but have since reconsidered – it is effective. We love being celebrated and getting rewards for our hard work so now it is part of the resolution achievement arsenal.
What tips do you incorporate to ensure success with your new year’s resolutions?