How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Last!

This blog was written for The Bod Squad blog.

2017 goals list on napkin

We are already two months into 2017 and many of us who made resolutions for the New Year have already long forgotten or abandoned our well-intentioned plans.

If you’re a normal human being, you most likely stuffed yourself silly over the Christmas period (it’s called the silly season for a reason!) and then made some sort of resolution to improve your health, be it drinking less alcohol, joining a gym or going on a diet – anything to shift that extra weight and get you feeling healthier in the new year.

The thing about making New Year’s Resolutions is that, sadly, they often fail (but you probably already knew that!).  We usually start off really motivated, but as time passes the change that was so new and exciting in the beginning becomes boring, monotonous and something we really can’t be bothered with, don’t have time for and/or can’t afford to keep up with.  Someone pops over with a batch of chocolate cookies.  We get home from a hard day at work and a glass of wine is all too tempting.  We feel sick at the thought of having to step into the gym again.  And so we forget about our resolutions and vow to do better next year (… well, this has been my experience in the past anyway!).

So what can we do to prevent this from happening over and over again and actually keep our resolutions for good?  Well the most important this is to TAKE THINGS SLOW!  It’s simple really!  Setting yourself small goals is way more achievable and far more likely to encourage us to continue with the change than setting something huge and way out of our league (unless we create smaller goals to get there).
So if you’re making a new resolution or goal, or revisiting the ones you made for this year, no mater what they may be, make them something small.  For example having one or two less squares of chocolate every night may not seem like much of a change at the time but if this continues for a good portion of the year, then that’s a lot less chocolate eaten!

I’m going to be posting blogs throughout the year to help you achieve better health in small steps: recipes, tips & tricks and helpful advice backed up by the latest and best research.  But if you’d like to take a more personalised approach and want to make lasting healthy changes, then you can book an appointment to see me and we can have a look at what you’re eating, where you can improve, how you can achieve your goals and, most importantly, give you the skills and tools you need to start making changes that will last!

 

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