Happy New Year lovely readers!
Welcome to 2016!
I have a great feeling about 2016 and know it’s going to be a good one. I have lots of goals and things I know I’m going to achieve, but not without a solid plan.
I’m going to be having a look back at one of my goals from last year and talking you through how to make this year, your best yet!
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.
Last year I decided I wanted to cut back on my intake of meat and dairy and wouldn’t you know it…6 months into 2015 and I went vegan (and haven’t looked back since). I never imagined I’d go completely vegan and at the start of 2015 would have laughed if you’d told me I’d be vegan in a year.
I also intended on spending more time practicing yoga but unfortunately that one got put on the back burner (I currently have the back pain to remind my why I shouldn’t have let that happen!).
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:
*pic stolen from last year but you get the idea 🙂
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.
Most importantly spend time thinking about old bad habits you can get rid of to allow your goals to happen. My awesome life coach got me into that habits and whilst I’m still working on things like ‘spend less time on social media’ I’m getting better and wasting less time on it.
So, have a really good think about what you really want. No dream is too big- if you believe it, you can achieve it!
2016 is going to be your year- go make it happen!
Comment below if you found this post helpful or want to share your goals/tips on how to achieve them.
Love Katy, x