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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Another year has come and gone, and it feels like just yesterday we were all watching the ball drop!

With busy lives making each year go by faster and faster, it can be so hard to keep new year’s resolutions going past the month of January. The goal of living a healthier lifestyle in the new year is important for all of us, but can seem daunting when January is fast approaching.

Luckily, there are a few ways to hold yourself accountable to maintaining a healthier you this year.

1. Get SMART about your New Year’s goals

Goals like shedding 50 lbs, cutting out carbs completely, or completing a half marathon by February are vague, unrealistic, and pretty much set you up for failure. The best way to keep your New Year’s resolutions is to set individual goals and think SMART, or set goals that are:

  • Specific,
  • Measurable,
  • Attainable,
  • Realistic, and
  • Timely.

Start slow, create benchmarked goals, and set short-term deadlines for each milestone. It could be as simple as trying to get to the gym, to start off, once during the week. Or starting your own food diary to track what you are eating so you can figure out one thing to cut from your diet; maybe that extra spoonful of sugar in your morning coffee. This gives you short-term, attainable goals to meet that will likely result in your desired weight loss. Hold yourself accountable by setting reminders on your phone, packing your gym bag or setting out your exercise clothes even if you didn’t plan to go to the gym, and downloading a meal tracking app like MyFitnessPal1 or Loseit.com2.

2. Keep Your New Year’s Resolution by Partnering Up

One of the most foolproof ways to stay on track with goals for the new year is to get a friend involved. Enlist a gym buddy so you both feel obligated to participate. Outside support is critical to maintaining your new routine, and it’s much easier when you’ve got someone in the trenches with you.

3. Remember The Big Picture

Remind yourself why you set your New Year’s resolutions. Small, daily reminders like a sticky note inside your medicine cabinet or a weekly alarm on your phone can be the motivation you need to keep going. Try not to put notes in places you regularly see or set alarms too frequently, because they become easy to ignore. Try to surprise yourself with these reminders as randomly as possible.

4. Reflect daily

Journaling, or even just jotting down thoughts at the end of every day, can help you remain on track. Write down the high point, low point, and how you were feeling each day. If you write down positive results, when you’re having a hard day, you can look back and see that it’s not all bad to help you keep moving forward. It’s also nice to have a place where you can tangibly see your progress over time.

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be scary. If you approach them the right way, you can make your goals for the new year last longer than just a few weeks.

What’s your New Year’s resolutions? Share your goals, tips that have helped you become successful, and steps that guided you into your healthy self.

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