Yes, it’s that time of year again! It is time to grab your gym towel, your gym bag, and maybe even your p90x workout equipment, and start working off all those holiday dinners, extra stops at the drive-thru and office birthday party cupcakes. It is time to reflect, to look back over the last year, evaluate what you have done well and what you have slipped on and would like to improve.
If you are like most people, you look at this time of year with the excitement of what could be and a little bit of fear because you know how hard keeping your healthy New Year’s resolutions can be. You can keep your resolutions and achieve your goals with a little planning! Just follow these 3 simple steps to keeping your healthy New Year’s resolutions listed below and your gym towel, gym bag and p90x workout equipment do more than sit in your closet!
Step 1: Set Reasonable Goals
It is important to set goals you can actually reach and to keep your goals for the year at a maximum of 3. You may want to lose 200 lbs., totally revamp your personality, become a millionaire, end world hunger, find a cure for cancer, spend more time with your family and more, but for most people, three very simple changes are all they can reasonably expect to accomplish. An example of a simple resolution to keep might be go to the gym three times a week for 30 minutes or do your workout at home 3 times a week, lose 1 lb. a week, and smile more.
Step 2: List Your Goals And Put Them Where You Can See Them
You can make a list on paper or on your computer. Then, make copies or send your list digitally to your email so you can see it on all of your electronic devices and computers, no matter where you are. Print out several copies and keep one in your purse or wallet, put one on your fridge, put one in your car and anywhere else you might look during the day. If your main resolution is to lose weight or workout more, you will also want to keep your gym towel, your gym bag, your p90x workout equipment, or anything else that will remind you of your promise to work out somewhere you will see it often (like beside your TV stand).
Step 3: Grab A Resolution Partner
Find a friend or relative that wants to lose weight and agree to hold each other accountable. You might even consider getting a professional coach to play this role if you are really serious about accomplishing your goals and have the money to do so. The person you choose needs to be supportive and available to check in with you weekly, or even daily, about your successes and failures. Having an accountability partner will help you stay on track because it won’t be as easy to cheat when you have to tell someone else about it.
Good luck! If you have a resolution you’d like to share or a tip that has worked well for you in the past, we would love to hear it. Please post in the comments below!