The start of a new year is a great opportunity to consider what you want to achieve that year and how you’re going to do it.
I’ve spent some time reflecting on 2014 and what my goals are for next year; I’d like to devote more time to my yoga practice, drink more water, eat less meat and dairy, try and turn negative situations into positive ones and cycle more often. I also want to focus less on weight loss and more on my overall health and well-being, learning to love your body means you will make good decisions for your health, nourish your body with healthy foods and look great at the same time. Treat your body like you treat your best friend!
Anyway it’s easy to say we are going to do something but, as we all know, most people’s NY’s resolutions don’t last more than a couple of days! Make this year, your year and stick to your goals by following my top tips:
Have you heard of SMART goals? They are a great way of helping you create goals that will stick.
Specific- don’t give yourself a goal that’s too general e.g. i want to eat more healthily. Chose something specific such as “I want to eat more fruit and veg.
Measurable- When do you want to achieve your goal by? e.g. I want to lose 10lbs by March 16th, giving yourself a deadline also makes you more like to stick to your goal.
Achievable- I want to workout every day for the next month. Is this actually possible for you? Do you have enough time? Consider your lifestyle, you may need to juggle your schedule to make it work.
Realistic- If you expect to lose a stone in a month, not only is it unsafe, it’s also unrealistic. Follow the rule of losing 0.5-2lbs a week and workout how long it will take to reach your goal weight.
Time-based- I want to be eating a least 4 fruits and veg a day by May- set a date and work towards it.
I would suggest having one ‘umbrella goal’ e.g. becoming fitter or healthier and then 4-5 mini goals too. If you give yourself too many goals, your less likely to stick to them and it can seem a bit overwhelming.
So, if your diet is terrible, rather than cutting out alcohol, fizzy drinks, sweet treats, crisps etc..pick one and perhaps give it up for a month, then add another food to the list.
Here’s are a few things to consider and some ideas of NY’s resolutions:
Don’t forget to give yourself reminders to help you stick to your goals, maybe stick a post it on the fridge saying “have you eaten your 5 a day today?” Or put a reminder on your phone every afternoon to remind you to have a healthy snack before that late afternoon hunger hits and you end up having something unhealthy.
Wishing you a happy New Year- I hope you stick to all your goals and have your healthiest year yet!
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Love Katy, x