Saturday, January 2, 2010

So You Made Your New Year's Resolutions, Now What?

Making a New Year's Resolution is pretty easy on December 31st when you're merry on Champagne, joyful with the sounds of fireworks in the background. But it's January 2nd, how do you reach your goals without setting yourself up for failure?

1. Don't bite off more than you can chew.
Set small, manageable goals. Achievable goals. Lose 80 pounds in 6 months is not a small or manageable goal. A goal of 1 pound a week doesn't sound like much, but the success you will feel when you achieve that goal will snowball into greater things!

2. Make a plan, write it down.
Sure, saying you want to get fit in 2010 is easy, but how will you do it? Make a plan and write it down. Put your workout days on your calendar. Use a brightly colored marker to check off the days you successfully completed your workout plan. You'll be able to see what you've accomplished.

3. Track your progress and reward yourself along the way.
No matter what your goals are, revisit them weekly. If you find yourself slipping into old habits or slacking off, a self check-up can help get you back on track. Small rewards can be a great motivator. Write them down as well. Cutting back on soda and fast food? Put that money in the bank and after a month of success, treat yourself to pretty new top or a manicure, whatever you like!

4. Fake it 'til you make it.
That may sound a bit dodgy, but it really works. Making changes can be tough but changes to improve your health and your life have long term benefits. During the tough times, just stick with it and think long-term. After awhile you will feel the joy and that joy will carry you to your goals and beyond. Think you can do it, know you can do it and you'll do it!

4 comments:

  1. Lovely list-very smart :)
    Happy new years!!!!

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  2. Just came across your blog. What a great story you have!

    Love the #4. I'm a big fan of doing this.

    Also, love love LOVE the title of your blog. Just came across it and will have to read back some to see why it's called this. But I also, love to eat hate to exercise. To the point where it is easier just not to eat the donut.

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  3. Short and Sweet and to the point. Love it! You might like my take on goals. SMART versus REAL

    Here's to filling in the Now What?

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  4. Hi! I just wanted to leave you a note to let you know how inspiring your story is. I have been reading blog after blog all morning, and love what you have done. We have a blog with a similar concept (we are two 26 year olds who want to combat the fat now, wanting to lose about 70 lbs each, and we are blogging about our journey). You have made such progress, its wonderful to know that someone else has done it (the right way) and is still living it. Way to go! I will definitely be a regular reader - seeing your progress will definitely help motivate me.

    Thank you! Happy New Year!!

    ~ Megs

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