HOW TO KEEP YOUR RESOLUTIONS LONG AFTER THEY SHOP
How to keep your resolutions long after they stop being fun.
If you started reading the bible as a new year’s resolution, you are likely to fall of the Old Testament wagon sometime in February. Leviticus is a terrible read and this fact, along with a decline in enthusiasm for the goal, will have your new year’s resolution at risk. The same can be said for any resolution, including the one that has you eating better for a healthier body.
If salad has become the enemy and those cravings have started to return, try some of these tips for staying on track with your new year’s resolution.
If you have a bad day, don’t make it two.
Life happens and your healthy eating plan is sure to go out the window on some days. Don’t let one day ruin the next. Get back at it the very next day. If you can resist the temptation to be overly disappointed in yourself, you will be more likely to put that bad day behind you. Go forward with the knowledge that these days are going to happen from time to time.
Understand that although you may have just had a fantastic couple of weeks following your new year’s commitment to making healthier choices, when it comes to diet, the hardest work is ahead of you. Allowing yourself to indulge in the things you love, as long as they don’t dominate your day, is part of that healthy change. If your food choices are leaving you feeling unsatisfied on a regular basis, your ability to continue with your resolve is unlikely. When you think”80/20 rule” meaning 80% of the time you follow your plan while 20% of time you can leave for your indulgences, you will be more successful in the long run. Having said that, maybe 90/10 is what you need most of the time. It really depends on your goals.
Track your food but also your progress.
Whether your goal has been to lose weight, lower blood pressure or get off those diabetic meds, tracking your progress is just as important as tracking your food. Writing down what you eat is an important tool when it comes to “owning” what you eat. Writing down where you’re at in your journey and how you feel about that journey, can be equally as helpful. Keep a diary or food and feelings. This doesn’t have to be fancy, just recording these two things will give you that extra push to keep going.
Clean up your environment
What goes in your kitchen can be as important as what goes in your mouth. Cleaning up your environment will go a long way in making your healthy food choices a little easier. If your favourite snacks and treats are always ready and on hand, preparing a healthy, balanced meal that reflects your nutrient goals won’t come so easily. An unhealthy environment can’t support a healthy one and your new year’s resolution can be put at risk.
Many new year’s resolutions fail. They fail because more head space, time and energy go into the short game of preparing, investing and getting hyped up. Spend a little more time this year on your long game. Perseverance is a rare but rewarding trait that will see you fulfilling this new year’s resolution.