New Year’s resolutions are the easiest things in the world to make, but they’re often the hardest to keep. But don’t feel bad if you’ve let your resolutions slide in the past: 92% of people don’t see their resolutions come true.
So if you want to be one of the 8% who achieves their goals, you need all the help you can get it. Use these tips and resources to keep your resolutions alive and healthy this year.
There’s an app for everything these days, including helping you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Apps like MyFoodDiary, Sworkit and Coach.Me are designed specifically to make your new habits easier and more fun to follow.
Everything from new diets and workout regimens to money management and being more productive can be tracked with the use of an app. Consider it a mentor you carry in your pocket: follow the app’s program and your resolutions will stay solid through the year.
When technology isn’t personal enough to motivate you, you might benefit from a personal trainer who can help you monitor your goals. Obviously trainers are helpful for physical exercise, but there are also financial advisors, dietitians, and therapists that are experts in improving people’s habits.
It can be helpful to have an outside source of influence encouraging you to keep up on your resolutions. That way you don’t have to rely 100% on your willpower, which as we all know can come and go.
Once you take the time to write out what you eat daily and calculate how much sodium, fats and sugars you’re eating, it’s easy to see that you’re overdoing it. But the key is to keep a log of what you eat. You can’t change a habit that you don’t know much about.
Alongside your daily eating habits, you can plan meals for the week, which makes trips to the grocery store much less hectic. The best way to change your diet is to know as much as possible about the food you eat now and the food you should be eating. A food diary is a place where you can keep all that information and track your transformation.
Compare your progress to your past self
Resolutions can take a long time to make a difference in your life. You might not see inches disappear from your waistline or your bank account begin to grow until several months into the year.
But especially with weight loss or fitness regimens, it can be helpful to compare yourself to now to yourself from a year ago or five years ago. Chances are you’ve slimmed down more than you thought, or you’ve built up more muscle than you realized. Use your past to motivate you to change for the better in the future.
A little discipline and self-confidence goes a long way when it comes to reaching your goals. Come on in to your local Family Pharmacy and we’ll help you however we can to make your resolutions come true.