We’re more than three months into 2013. What does that mean? It means many of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. Whether your goal was to start working out, quit smoking, or save money, many of us have fallen back into our pre-2013 routines.
Unfortunately for me, I too find myself among that category. My goal was to start running at the local gym so I could get into shape. I even went out and purchased a gym membership. So far, I’ve probably been to the gym a total of 10 times. I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I call making an effort to get back in shape.
While we may have gotten off to a bad start in achieving our New Year’s resolutions, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get back on track. I know, I know. Quitting old, bad habits is tough, just as beginning new, healthy habits is no easy task. However, if you’re serious about following through on your New Year’s resolutions, there are some steps you can take to get back in the game. Read ahead to find out how.
Find a work-out buddy
If your goal is to get back in shape, find someone with similar goals. You can use each other to push one another when motivation is lacking. If you have someone to push you and vice versa, you’re both more likely to accomplish your fitness goals.
If your goal is to start a healthier diet, reward yourself weekly for sticking to your diet. Research shows people who try to cut all junk food out of their diet at once will eventually fall back into the same routine of eating junk food sooner rather than later. Instead of quitting your favorite foods such as pizza and hamburgers cold turkey, reward yourself with a burger or a couple slices of pizza on the weekend if you managed to stick to your diet throughout the week. By doing this, you’re less likely to binge eat foods that you’re trying to stay away from.
Tell people about your goals
If you make your goals known, you’re more likely to push yourself to achieve them. Some people won’t believe that you’ll be able to accomplish your goals. You can use that as extra motivation to ensure that you follow through. The more people you tell, the more you’ll want to make sure you stick to your plan.
Don’t make your goals so difficult that even you have a hard time believing you’ll conquer them. Start small. If you have resolution is to lose weight, don’t start off with a number that seems impossible to reach. Break it down into months. For example, if your goal is to lose 40 pounds, break it into small chunks, such as three pounds a month. That way, every month you achieve your goal, you’re one step closer to achieving your ultimate goal and have a sense of accomplishment.
Write down your goals
This is an important step in keeping yourself motivated. The more you see your goals written down, the more you’ll think about achieving them. The more you think about your goals, the more work you’ll put in to successfully complete them.
How many of you out there have gotten off track in achieving your New Year’s resolutions? Do you still plan to give it another go? Let us know in the comments below!