We’ve all been there. The thirty-first of December rocks up on our doorstep and we take a long hard look at ourselves and set our ‘resolutions’ for the New Year. More likely than not, they’ll be things you think you need to be doing: ‘quit smoking’, ‘start exercising’, and ‘drink less’, and not what you want to be doing. In the big scheme of things, they all sound fine and dandy but how likely are we to actually follow-through with such a vague goal? Well it’s your lucky day; we’re here to help!
Step 1) Break down your goal into smaller, more achievable, mini-goals as the year goes on. Let’s face it, that carrot stick you planned to eat for lunch everyday probably won’t cut the mustard to keep you going past 12:10pm so instead, keep yourself accountable and start by keeping a food diary. It’s as simple as making a note in your phone after a meal. Really. That’s it. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you have to write down ‘ Greek salad, apple…blueberry muffin…caramel latte with extra sugar…spoonful of Nutella, ’ we promise, you’ll start cleaning your act up.
Step 2) Find a friend! Even if your resolution was to call your mum more, you probably won’t do that when you have more important things to do like watch cat videos and instagram that gym selfie you took earlier. However, if you’ve got a friend who likes their bathroom mirror just as much as you do, make a pledge that you’ll give mum a call on Thursday lunch! It’s the same with working out, grab a friend who’s willing and able and workout together. Not only will the competitive side of your personality take over, you’ll have someone to make sure you actually did 20 sit-ups instead of 15 ‘kind-of sit-ups’.
Step 3) Be your own biggest fan! You wouldn’t tell your friend that she was lazy so don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead of saying to yourself ‘I can’t believe I still haven’t been to the gym since January, what a waste’, stop yourself and correct it to ‘I felt so great after those HIIT classes a couple of weeks ago, I should definitely fit one into next weeks schedule so my energy levels keep up!’. Easy fix.
Step 4) Do it for you. Keeping up with trends and making sure people know you go to the gym and workout in the most expensive workout gear will only get you so far. The minute you realize that the reason you go to the gym is because you feel fantastic afterwards will be the moment you choose happiness! It’s a positive, self-reinforcing cycle of goodness.
Step 5) Think SMART. Keep it Specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, time-based. Basically, keep it up; you’ve come this far! Think of the results and how great you’ll feel when December thirty-first, 2015 rolls around and you’re one step ahead of everyone else and your next goal is ‘start training five times a week instead of three’.