Do: Get a Head Start
The first day of the New Year seems like the perfect day to start a new lifestyle, but why wait for a specific day to begin a healthier way of life? Waiting may actually be doing more harm than good to your resolution. The holiday temptations and the “I can indulge today/ this week/this month because I am going to lose weight in the New Year” mentality can actually set you back farther and make your resolution harder to achieve. There’s no sense in putting off for later what you can start today.
Don’t: Go to the Extreme
The most common reason that New Year’s resolutions fail is because they are too unrealistic. It’s great to be motivated to improve your health, but people often try to change too much at once. For example, a sedentary person will fail in the long run if their goal is to go to the gym every single day. Instead, it would be more doable for this person to resolve to walk around their neighborhood for 15 minutes, three days a week. Once they are in the habit of doing this, then they can gradually increase the length and frequency of their workouts.
Do: Think About Your Goals
Simply saying that you are going to lose weight won’t make it happen without creating a plan. To do this, think about where you are right now and what baby steps you can take to reach your larger goals. Try these tips that will help you along the way: write your goals down, get a friend to help you, track your progress, and reward your accomplishments (but not with food!).
Don’t: Forget to Revisit Your Resolution
It’s OK to revise your goals. In fact, it will actually help you achieve them. Life happens and you can’t always control it. Focus on the elements of your lifestyle that you can control and forget about what you can’t. This will help you stay positive and focused.