New Year’s resolutions . . . whether they make you cringe or give you a burst of energy, the time for making New Year’s resolutions is here!
I have a friend who made a resolution this past year to start running and cut sugar from her life. Not only was she able to work hard, persevere, and succeed at both goals, but she reached the 1000-mile mark earlier this month.
Wow! What an inspiration. Now just how do I incorporate the kind of drive, gumption, and will power (or is it simply habits, routine, and positivity?) to make a new year’s resolution like this stick?
New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping
With the new year just around the bend, have you been reflecting on the successes and challenges you’ve faced this past year? Resolutions kept and those fallen by the wayside? And what, for you and you alone, is a new year’s resolution worth keeping?
Perhaps you’ve already decided that this is the time to get serious about your health, with weight loss as your focus.
So many of us make New Year’s resolutions in a move toward better health. But that’s so vague; how do we keep momentum and drive when we just don’t feel like being healthy?
Here are some tried and true ideas to make and keep meaningful health goals in the New Year . . . or anytime!
Create New Habits and Routines
- Change the way you speak about your food choices. “I’m not doing sugar right now” is much more empowering and positive than “I can’t have sugar.”
- Create positive visual reminders of your goal. Find an inspiring quote and stick it on your mirror. Place a photo of a friend or celebrity who is pursuing health on the fridge. Or you can even set out a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen table to remind you to grab a healthy snack. Anything personal to you that will positively support your healthy living goals!
- Make tangible, measurable daily goals. Walking three times around the park after work, journaling one page before bed, making a healthy lunch for yourself every evening while preparing dinner. These things are easy to visualize yourself doing and plan, and thus are actually doable!
Stay Accountable with Friends
- Tell your world through social media, email, or even starting a blog about your New Year’s resolutions.
- Enlist a friend to call you weekly, run with you, swap homemade broth for homemade bread, or attend Weight Watchers meetings with you.
- Buddy up to an acquaintance you know who has already succeeded in a similar goal. Ask them for specific advice about creating healthy habits, decreasing temptations, and streamlining healthy decisions.
Fun Ways to Celebrate your Resolutions’ Progress
- Thermometer: check out this inspiring couple and their Dave Ramsey-signed debt thermometer that helped chart and celebrate progress toward paying off over $100,000!
- Paper chain: cut out long rectangular pieces of paper from magazines, construction paper, or scrap paper. Link them together in a chain with tape and hang in a prominent place. The links could represent pounds to lose, miles to bike, or anything unique to you. Then, each time a pound or mile is achieved, snip off a link!
- Calendar: use colorful pens or stickers to mark off each day on the calendar you stick with a particular goal.
- Healthy Treat: indulge in three squares of dark chocolate, a dandelion coffee, a homemade fruit smoothie, or another healthy treat food of choice each week you meet your goals!
- Gratitude Journal: keep a notebook and pen propped against your coffee pot, in your purse, or on your car’s dashboard. Throughout your day, intentionally take note of all the good things in your life. You can celebrate specific goals met, encouragement from a friend, a delicious, healthy new dish you discovered, or even the ability to rise, take in the morning sunshine, and get out for a walk.
Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick with Weight Watchers
I’ve found Weight Watchers to really fit my criteria for staying true to healthy, positive changes. Measurable goals, clear guidelines for healthy weight loss, a supportive community, accountability, flexibility with the new Freestyle program . . . the list goes on.
Whatever your personal goals this coming year, I encourage you to take action, make them bonafide New Year’s resolutions, and go for it!