Happy New Year!! I usually share with everyone my resolutions or goals for the new year – but I am going to switch it up this year and continue with more focused tips so that we’re all successful with our healthy goals always, but especially as we enter 2016.
- No More Fad Diets – Why? Because you won’t last. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there before. There is a difference between a lifestyle change and a fad diet, know what is good for you and what works with your eating habits, lifestyle and health. For example, I need to make a more conscious effort of cutting dairy out since I’m lactose intolerant- lifestyle change, not a fad diet.
- Post-It On The Wall (Or Refrigerator); If you see your goals everyday, and what you’re striving to accomplish, you’ll be more likely to have success. In college I used to have little signs posted on my wall that read, “No eating after 9pm” – “No soda!” – “Work Out!” – “One Sweet a Week” … etc. It really helped me get those notions and habits in my head and I actually followed my own rules.
- Focus on 30-Days; This was a suggestion by the famous Biggest Loser trainer, Bob Harper, and I think it’s so smart and simple. Instead of having grandiose plans for the entire year, focus on one month at a time. I received fitness classes for Christmas – but instead of using that up, I want to get into a rhythm before, since I’ll only have the fitness classes for 2-months – I want my healthy workout routine to last more than just 2-months out of the entire year!
- Cut Out The Sugar; Sugar drinks, coffees, soda, and sweets! Once we have these sugars in our bodies, we only crave them more – so let’s start cutting them out! This is going to be one of my 30-day focus items that I plan to in-bark on.
So now what? Pick a date to start your 30-day focus, I am thinking about starting January 4th or 9th. Next, pick out your items you want to focus on for those 30-days, start small if you’re starting from square one. For example; Exercise 2-3 days a week, no sweets during the week, no soda or eating after 9pm. Then, write your items and post them up where you’ll see them EVERY DAY; and begin. I also found that writing my progress on a calendar helped me see my progress – where I struggled and where I had a really kicked ass. It might help you too!
Here’s to you and a healthy and happy new year!