ST. LOUIS, December 31, 2018: New Year’s Day is a day to reflect on the past year and give yourself a report card and then plan for the coming year in the form of New Years resolutions.
Sometimes you have to look at the past to see the future
This really is not a trivial matter if you are serious about your resolutions for the coming year. Common resolutions revolve around health, financials, relationship, career path, job performance and other things that are important to you as an individual.
But remember you must have the motivation to accomplish these resolutions.
How to accomplish your resolutions.
First, you should decide on what are the most important resolutions you want to accomplish. This again could be about your health such as losing weigh. Or if you have Type II diabetes, how you are going to maintain your sugar levels. It may be a new job, or treating your family or coworkers with greater love.
List them all
Then just select maybe two resolutions that are the most important rather. Lazer focus on what you want to do the most. Choose goals that are achievable. You can always add to the list of resolutions, or make February 1 resolutions. Now when it comes to your mental approach to achieving your objectives try the following approach:
“I am going to lose fifty pounds”
Which in and of itself is a stressful statement. Instead, try saying:
“This year I am going to explore on how I can lose fifty pounds”.
Now keep in mind that what you do on the first day of the year will have an effect throughout the entire year. So eating more regularly, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, versus eating one big meal in front of the TV at night is a lifestyle change.
Its a change that can be done, but it’s a change that is going to be difficult for someone who does not eat regularly during the day and has established bad eating habits.
So make a plan and once the plan has been developed put it into a place that you will see every day. Break the plan down-nobody accomplishes anything by trying to do it all at once.
But you can start by purchasing meal containers and finding easy to cook lunch meals that you can create on the weekend, or the night before, to quickly grab for lunch every day. Then the time you would spend standing in line at a burger joint, reward yourself with a brisk walk or other activity you enjoy.
Find breakfast choices you can have in the refrigerator for a grab and go meal. Natural Greek Yogurt, small, individual containers of no-sugar added orange juice. Healthful meal replacement bars and protein drinks.
Plan for smaller meals at night with a healthy snack before bedtime.
Know your calorie goals. Prepare on Sunday and Monday – Friday will be easier. And remember, every week of success deserves a cheat day.
The effort of change
The identification of resolutions that are achievable and the development of the plan are the hardest steps. But when the approach includes knowledge of what needs to be done, and a plan to be able to meet your goals, your resolution will become a lifestyle change.
And build up a reward. If your goal is to quit smoking, or drinking expensive coffee every day, save that money for something you really want.
Remember any resolution plan may have to be modified. Popular theories are that even the simplest lifestyle change can take up to three months to solidify. Recognizing this, don’t be afraid to modify and keep working to achieve your objectives. And remember, if you fail today, you can succeed tomorrow.
Let’s get ready to have a wonderful year and to keep those resolutions!