Happy New Year! If you’re like many people, with the New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions. And for many people, those resolutions involve changing
their diet or exercise plan, adopting another health-related habit, or some combination of these elements. But, for a lot of these resolution-makers,
those resolutions can quickly fall by the wayside as the month of January rolls on. Feel like this might be you? Here are five ways to stay motivated
even after January 1st.
1. MAKE IT ATTAINABLE
The first New Year’s Resolution mistake many people make that eventually leads to them giving up a week into the New Year is setting a resolution that is simply too difficult or feels next to impossible. If you’re not a morning person and usually hit snooze on your alarm clock until 9 am and then have to run out the door to work, setting a resolution to wake up at 5 am may be too much of a stretch. Make it more attainable for yourself, such as slowly setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier each day until you’re waking up at 7 am, and you will be much more likely to follow through.
2. WRITE IT DOWN
Keep a habit tracker or journal in which you record when you’re keeping up with your resolution and when you aren’t. This practice will help you to notice patterns, such as, “I seem to wake up later when I watch the news the night before since it keeps me up at night,” or, “I tend to skip evening workouts on days when I get takeout for lunch.” Noticing these patterns may help you to identify potential barriers that may be getting in your way.
3. SPREAD THE WORD
Share your resolution with the people in your life! Tell your family, friends, or coworkers—anyone who can be in your corner cheering you on. They won’t necessarily need to play the role of holding you accountable (that can be a difficult role for any loved ones or friends to play), but they can certainly help facilitate your resolution or may even decide to join you! For example, if your resolution is to bring your lunch from home more often, your coworkers may want to join you in bringing their lunch, or can at least be mindful about not tempting you with a lunchtime trip to the closest takeout restaurant.
4. GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT
It can be very easy to focus on when you slip up (“I can’t believe I had that chocolate cake yesterday when I told myself I would stick to one treat per week!”) rather than focusing on when you have success. Remember that changing your habits is about progress rather than perfection. Build some flexibility and kindness into your resolution (“I will cut the number of treats I have in half” rather than “I will only have one treat per week”) and give yourself a pat on the back when you make progress!
5. SEEK HELP
Changing habits—breaking old ones and making new ones—can be one of the most difficult things to do. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. There are people whose job it is to help you achieve the wellness changes you seek. The Registered Dietitians, Fitness Professionals, and other Mount Auburn Club team members are here to help you stick to your resolutions and meet your nutrition, fitness, and overall health goals. Contact the MAC Fitness or Nutrition team to get help with reaching your goals today! People tend to have more success when they have a team of people guiding them rather than going it alone.
Today's helpful post is from Louisa Paine, Registered Dietitian at Mount Auburn Club.
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The information presented here is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or health condition. As always, please speak with your registered dietitian regarding any dietary modifications or nutrition-related questions.