Many of us find ourselves falling into the same old trap year after year when it comes to our New Year's resolutions. We feel ambitious toward the end of the year, adopting a "new year, new mentality" before ultimately realizing that it may be a new year, but you're definitely the same old person. However, this doesn't mean that you can't stay true to your resolutions and succeed for the first year ever.
Most New Year's resolutions revolve around health and wellness, which is an area that many people struggle with in the first place. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your health-related resolutions this year:
Chances are, there is more than one vice that you'd like to tackle in the coming year. While it may seem easy at first to dive into a new diet plan and exercise regimen head first, expecting too much of yourself right off the bat can lead to burn out. A good way to balance this is so start off slowly and gradually make the challenge harder. For example, at the beginning of the year, it'll be easier to limit your intake of carbohydrates and visit the gym three times a week than it would be to cut carbs, fats and sweets out of your diet completely and go to the gym five times a week - especially if you're starting from a totally sedentary lifestyle. However, it's easy to just be satisfied when you stay true to your initial plans. Set a time frame to move up to the second tier of goals and then the third. Your overall goal for the year should be an sense of wellness, and a big part of this is always striving to do better.
"Don't let a slip-up derail you."
There will be weeks that you just can't muster up the motivation to be as active as you, and once in a while, you'll cave in to a craving. These slip-ups are a part of life, and you shouldn't let the occasional ones derail you or hinder your idea of progress. It's normal to be disappointed, but you should start right up again afterward! In fact, the occasional splurge on calories may actually help you stick to your new eating plan rather than hinder it. According to Owensboro Health, treating yourself once in a while can keep you from overindulging. It's easier to say, "I'll just have this one doughnut this week" and forget about it than constantly craving items that you're forbidding yourself from having.
While it's good to have concrete goals, like hitting a number on the scale or being able to push your body to lifting a certain amount of weights, it's also important to remember that numbers aren't everything. Instead of putting all of your emphasis on reaching a number goal, pay attention to your body and how it's feeling after making all of these changes. Even if it's taking longer than you anticipated, you'll feel a newfound sense of accomplishment when you're able to complete demanding physical tasks for the first time or find that your clothes fit you better. You can also make other small adjustments to your lifestyle like ensuring that you get a full eight hours of sleep each night and beginning to take whey protein powder before going to the gym. Just watch how much better you begin feeling.