New Year Resolutions: Staying on Track for Success

8 Jan

It’s the second week of January and most people are still valiantly trying to stick to their new years resolutions, especially involving diet and exercise. It’s not until the end of next week that they start dropping off like flies.

But I want people to succeed so let’s take a step back and refine your efforts in order to keep them going for months. You’ve now had a week to get all the crazy extremes out of your system. I’m sure all cupboards have been cleared out of your favorite junk food, the fridge of full of veggies, tofu and other questionable health foods. You thought you could run a marathon after one week in the gym, but you seem a little stalled at a half mile. It’s okay, everyone gets excited and motivated and takes on too much.

Now that it’s out of your system, let’s get back go reality. Keep your groceries three-fourths health food that you actually enjoy. Don’t get strange stuff like tofu and kale when you really can’t stand it. But your favorite fruits and veggies and this way eating them won’t be a chore. But get yourself a treat too. It’s okay to eat that. Just pick one treat, your absolute favorite and make it your goal for the week to make one package last a week. Love chips? Portion it out every night so you can have a treat to look forward to, but don’t polish off the bag because you have to make it last until your next grocery trip.

This week cut your food portions by a fourth. Don’t cut it to a microscopic portion a nutritionist would recommend. Cut it back by one fourth of what you normally eat. Gradual changes lead to a lifestyle change and permanent results.

Finally, set a realistic fitness goal. You can’t run a marathon after a week. Setting a goal like that will only discourage you and make you quit. Instead search and find a 5K near you. You can literally go from being a couch potato to a 5K in as little as five weeks. Sign up now. If you pay the registration fee, you are much more likely to follow through and do it. When the gym empties out next week, you’ll still be there training instead of wasting money.

Small changes this week can lead to big results. Keep your goals small, simple and realistic. Your frequent successes with small victories will keep you going long after the initial resolution period.

2 Responses to “New Year Resolutions: Staying on Track for Success”

  1. Katie Brind'Amour January 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM #

    Thanks for the tips! My mini-fitness resolution has just been 15 minutes of physical activity, every single day. So far I have already been struggling to find the motivation, but because it is such a simple task, I have had more success than in the past!

    • Noel D. January 9, 2012 at 5:46 AM #

      Keep at it! I read somewhere (I THINK Runner’s World, but not sure) that it only takes 3 weeks for something to become a habit and then 6 months for it to become routine. So keep at it for 3 weeks and you’ll find it getting easier to schedule time in. 🙂 🙂 Good job!!!!

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