Every January 1st, 41 percent of Americans resolve to lose weight or get in shape. (More than half have made this same resolution for five years or more!) In fact, health clubs and gyms see an increase in membership of 25% during the first week of January alone! But by January 30th, 95% of resolutions are dropped and most of us quickly go back to our old habits. What can you do to achieve your health and wellness goals this year?
Here are 5 Top Tips for turning your dreams into reality this year:
- Do it “write.” Studies show that the simple act of writing down your intentions helps your mind and body connect and increases your chances of success. Select no more than three resolutions and write them on a piece of paper. Include specifics along with the “why” that you can measure (i.e. I will lose 10 pounds by March 1st. Why? Because I want to feel great in my jeans and confident in my skin; I will have no more than three “free meals” per week. Why? Because I want to have more energy everyday and feel in control. I will healthy family meals together no less than twice a week. Why? Because I want to be able to spend quality time with my kids and make my life count.) Post your resolutions in a visible place — your bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car, for example, and say them out loud to yourself each day.
- Plan ahead. Now that you’ve created your resolutions, plan the specific actions you’ll need to take to achieve them – don’t leave it to chance! For example, if your goal is to “exercise daily,” mark your calendar with the workout classes you’ll attend. Pack your gym bag the night before, and take healthy snacks to work or in your car for pre-workout energy. As another example, if your goal is to “eat healthy meals” cook a week’s worth of soup, quinoa, vegetables, beans, etc. and pack your lunch each morning.
- Get to the source of what’s sabotaging your efforts. Are you in a bad relationship that causes you to splurge on sweets every night? Are you stressed out at work from a demanding boss and feel too drained to exercise after work? Keep a journal and get in touch with what’s eating you. See if you can make slight changes to the way you respond to situations. Or perhaps it’s time to look for a new job or relationship! When you are able to recognize and tackle the root cause of why you eat or why you don’t exercise, it will be easier to reach your goals without turning to food for “comfort.”
- Visualize what your life will look like when you achieve your resolutions (this is KEY). Start by asking yourself: What do I want and why do I want it? If you resolve to lose 20 pounds, how will this benefit you? (i.e. more energy, more confidence, longer life.) Picture how you will look – what are you wearing? A little black dress? Skinny jeans? How do you feel? Visualizing yourself as having achieved your goals will help you stay on track toward what’s truly important to you.
- Share your resolutions with friends and family. When you tell others, your commitments become more real and you become accountable. Consider finding a “workout buddy” or invite friends over to cook and eat new healthy recipes.
- BONUS TIP – NO EXCUSES! Your excuses hold you prisoner to your undesirable behaviors. Your excuses have allowed you to stay right where you don’t want to be. If you delete your excuses it will create forward movement. IT’S TIME TO MOVE FORWARD IN 2015! NO EXCUSES!
Follow these 6 top tips and this may be the last year you make a New Year’s resolution to look and feel your best, get healthy, and loose that stubborn weight along the way!
Try this delicious warm healthy soup and stay warm! Moroccan Ramadan Soup
Here’s to discovering the “true- beautiful” you and living a healthy life you love -this New Year!