Many people make New Year’s resolutions. By the second month of the year, motivation starts to wain and some of those New Year’s resolutions begin to fall apart. Let’s look at how we phrase those resolutions, why those resolutions start to fail, and talk about some tips to turn those wishes and resolutions into reality.
When phrasing goals and resolutions, many people say things like “I wish that I could lose 50 pounds this year.” Instead of saying “I wish”, the challenge lies in turning those “I wish” statements into “I WILL” statements. You do this by creating SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Timely.
If motivation is starting to decrease now that we are six weeks into the New Year, look at your resolutions and recommit to them. Map those resolutions and goals out over the course of 2019. Break that resolution, or goal, into more manageable short-term goals. Ask yourself: what behaviors do you want to address and turn into a habit in order to achieve the ultimate long-term goal? What are things you can do each day to achieve those long-term goals and solidify new healthy habits? When you break things down, and not take on too many things at once, this is when the magic happens, and you may find that you stay engaged, avoid feeling overwhelmed, and ultimately achieve those long-term goals.
A common New Year’s resolution people make when it comes to nutrition: “I’m not going to eat ‘bad’ foods and “I’m going to eat healthier this year.” Awesome. Often with nutrition goals, people make the goal too restrictive, instead of addressing balance, sustainability, and mindset. The challenge most people have with a nutrition goal becomes turning “I can’t eat that” into a more positive “I will eat…” or “I have the opportunity to make healthy choices today” or “I choose to eat healthy foods.”
So, what can help you do to achieve these goals and accomplish your New Year’s resolutions when it comes to health and wellness behaviors? A great place to start is by working with an accountability partner and participating in customized nutrition coaching. Then, take a long-term phased approach that includes ongoing nutrition coaching to help avoid the quick fix, stay in a healthy mindset to make healthy choices consistently, and learn healthy habits that become everyday habits.
Michelle Ann Keely
Owner, CrossFit Grail / Grail Nutrition
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
PNL1 Exercise Nutrition Certified
Nutrition coaching is available to solidify your foundation and help make YOU the healthiest YOU this year.
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