It’s mid January ALREADY! How are those fitness New Year’s resolutions coming? Have you started?
Starting next week?
Let me guess, this year you want to lose weight, eat healthier, start a
fitness routine? All great intentions, and you are not alone.
Approximately 40% of Americans set these self-improvement goals. However, only 8% achieve it!
So what’s the secret behind actually making this your year and sticking to the resolutions that you set?
(Drum roll please….)
It’s changing the way we use our brains in making our goals work.
Make simple goals and make them attainable. In other words don’t pick an overwhelming goal with no end date, instead pick a simple goal ending in a short amount of time (no more than one month).
Below are some great examples to help retrain and rethink your brain into a successful 2014.
1. Original Goal: I’m going to eat out less.
Simplify: I’m going to prepare and make dinner at home 4 nights a week.
Achievable: I will shop every Sunday for the week so that I’m prepared for my meals.
2. Original Goal: I’m going to lose weight this year.
Simplify: I’m going to lose 2 pounds this month.
Achievable: I will reduce my calories by 250 a day and will log my food.
1-2 per week and have my (coach, trainer, group, online) look at it.
3. Original Goal: I will implement a workout routine.
Simplify Goal: I will start with 150 minutes exercise per week of moderate to vigorous
Achievable: I will sign up for classes, schedule training session, workout with my friend or group to be held accountable.
4. Original Goal: I will create a healthier lifestyle.
Simplify Goal: I will drink half of my body weight in ounces of water a day.
Achievable: I will start by adding 8 oz more water daily until I’ve reached my number.
These are all achievable goals when you take a step back and simplify. There are also many helpful tools out there to help you track your goals. In our next blog entry, we will be reviewing the tools that can help you get it done. And remember, in the immortal words of Dr. Suess, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”