5 steps to keeping New Year's resolutions
Posted by Janice Cox, RDN, LD, Lunds and Byerly’s Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Happy 2014! How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions?
Now that we’re a few weeks into the new year, it’s a great time to check in and see how you’re coming along. Whether your resolutions are about health, lifestyle, finance or something else, there are techniques we can use to help us be successful.
Make a vision board of your goals.
Literally seeing where you’re going is a helpful way to stay motivated. Collect personal photos, pictures from magazines, success stories, quotes....use anything that’ll be a daily reminder that your journey has a destination. Make sure that destination is important to you so it’ll help you stay on track.
Have a buddy on the journey.
Whether it’s family, a friend or a support group member, it helps having someone with similar goals to share your ideas, successes and failures with. Let your buddy know the areas you especially need support and check in with them regularly.
A daily check-in is a great way to stay focused and also helps you identify what’s working and what isn’t. If your goal is to lose weight, journal what you eat and drink, your activity, how you feel, weekly weight - anything that’s part of your experience. Journaling can be as much or little as you want, but it’s a tool that can keep you focused. It’s also very helpful reading over prior journal entries to see how far you’ve come and evaluate.
Enjoy the ride!
Changing behavior is one of the hardest things we can do and new habits take time to establish. Recognize you’re doing your best. You don’t have to be perfect; each small step brings you closer to where you want to be. Even if you stumble, remember each day is a fresh chance to get back on track.
Positive reinforcement helps us repeat our good behaviors. Make a list of rewards and enjoy them when you meet a goal.
Here’s to you and your successes in 2014! Please let me know if I can offer you support - Janice.Cox@lfhi.com.