A new year certainly inspires new hope for things to be better, and motivates us to strive for what has eluded us until this point. But New Year’s Day is just a day on the calendar, making it just as hopeful for us to
renew our commitments to broken self-promises on any other day of the year. This year, as you think about the changes you need to make to live the life you want, try to create well thought-out goals to form a roadmap to your success. Whether you want to lose weight or make other life changes, here’s how:
1. Create goals that are reasonable, objective, measurable, with a specific timeline. “I want to lose 20 lbs in 10 weeks” vs. “I want to lose weight”.
2. Think about how you will accomplish this goal. “I will lose 20 lbs in 10 weeks by changing my diet and increasing my physical activity.”
3. Break this long-term goal into smaller, easier to accomplish goals. Smaller changes slowly introduced tend to help people stick to their resolutions. Trying to change everything at once is often overwhelming
and difficult to accomplish. These short-term goals are like steps to your success. Good short-term goals for our example include: “I will lose 2lbs per week,” “I will increase my water intake to 8 8oz glasses per day,” “I will eat home-cooked meals (X) times per week, and not eat out more than (X) times per week,” “I will start walking for 20 minutes 3 to 5 times per week.”
4. Work is always easier with a friend or family member. Try to find someone with similar goals and be accountable to each other. Can’t find anyone? Try businesses that also support your goals. Working with a professional to guide you, educate you and to help you overcome your obstacles greatly improves your chances of adhering to the
necessary work and achieving success.
5. Celebrate your successes! Reward yourself for short-term successes in ways that are consistent with your long-term goal. You can do it; we can help! For more information, go to https://www.advancedweight.com/blog/new-year-new-you.