We are well into the first quarter of 2019 and you have been hard at work on your New Year’s Resolutions for three months now. Although many people may abandon their resolutions within a few weeks, check out these tips to help you get back on track.
Reimagine your goals
If your New Year’s resolutions included goals such as cutting back on sugary foods and drinks or racking up less screen time, reimagine them in a more positive manner. Instead of simply taking things away in your diet or daily routine, focus on swapping or adding things to make your changes more enjoyable.
Keep your goals SMART
Focus on goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. We’ve written about this before, but keep in mind that these goals should be dynamic and shift with your life. If your schedule changes, adjust your swaps and incorporate new ideas. You might even make a list of things you’d like to do but that don’t work now so you can try new tactics as opportunities arise. In fact, the more you continue to make choices that positively impact your health, the easier it will be to adjust them when things change unexpectedly!
For example, put a positive spin on cutting back on sugary foods by resolving to breakfast on whole-grain flakes topped with peach or banana slices instead of sugary breakfast cereal. Replace grabbing an afternoon sugary soda, by pouring yourself some plain sparkling water garnished with lemon, lime or fresh mint leaves.
Swap some of your visual screen time for listening to a podcast while you head out for a 20 minute walk 3 days a week. Instead of constantly scrolling through social media, take a break after dinner and relax with stretching, yoga or in-home exercises.
Set up for success
Finally, while it’s easy to be motivated by the prospect of turning over a new leaf at the New Year, succeeding with new goals requires more than just sheer will to change. Make sure you’re setting yourself up for success. For example, if you’re trying to eat healthier, keep your fridge stocked with healthy and easily prepared foods. If you’re trying to work in more exercise, schedule it in. Keep your goals going strong by incorporating new and exciting things: try a new workout class you’ve been interested in or break out of a veggie-rut by trying one of the hottest new food trends.
Focus on positive goals, a few simple SMART swaps and setting up your environment, rather than simply removing things, so you can make long-term, lasting changes for your health. Having enjoyable resolutions may just help you find a new food, podcast or relaxation routine that becomes a must-do healthy habit!