It's January 10. Most people are still doing well with their resolutions. Gyms are full. “Health food stores” are busy. Lots of people are putting on those running shoes and getting out to walk or run. But, did you know that by March, most of the people doing all those things won't be doing them anymore? We all know that most resolutions don't stick. That's why a lot of people either make the same resolution over again every year or give up making resolutions.
How can a resolution turn into reality? It's easier said than done; but, it is possible!
1. Make Sure It's A Realistic Resolution. If you don't workout on a regular basis, you may not want to start with the goal of working out every day. You could burn out and lose interest quickly. Instead, you could aim to work out 3 times a week. You can increase it once 3 times a week becomes a habit (after about 4-6 weeks).
2. Make Sure It's Measurable. “Eating Healthy” is a fine goal. But, that can mean so many things to so many different people. Make it easier on yourself and decide what exactly you are going to change. “I will substitute my lunchtime bag of chips for an apple.” Or, “I will one cookie instead of three for dessert.”
3. Take Baby Steps. The way to lifestyle change is not cold-turkey change most of the time; it's one step at a time. Give yourself a few minutes before going back for seconds to give your stomach the time to register (to your brain) that you're already full. Say “no” to the soft drink when you are out to eat. Try baking using almond flour or coconut flour instead of white flour. Slice a smaller piece of cake; or, skip the cake once in a while. You'd be surprised at how little steps will give you make you feel good and motivate you to make more of those choices.
Don't become a March statistic. Make your changes and make them stick.
What do you do turn your resolutions into reality?
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