Every December 31st, we all come up with a thing, or two, that we hope to accomplish in the New Year. Most New Year’s resolutions involve eating healthier, losing weight, and going to the gym more. However, as motivated as we may be upon making some resolutions, most of us lose momentum by the spring time, or sooner. Therefore, why wait until New Year’s Eve to make your healthy lifestyle resolution? Set your resolutions today so that you can be one step ahead of your goals before the New Year begins!
Follow this easy plan to create your Pre-New Year’s resolutions:
1.) Grab a pen/pencil and a piece of paper.
2.) List three unhealthy habits that you want to change. It could be as simple as “I want to run a 5K” or “I want to stop drinking cola and other sweetened beverages.”
3.) Pick a day of the week that you will start and finish your weekly goals. For example, “Every Monday I will set a new short-term goal for the week”
4.) Make a schedule of your short-term goals. For each goal-setting day, write down a short-term goal that you want to accomplish that will put you closer towards changing your unhealthy habits. For example, you might say “The week of October 29th to November 3rd, I will start jogging 20 minutes, 3 times a week.” Do this for every week leading up to New Year’s Day.
5.) Prepare yourself a mini-plan for each week on how to accomplish your goals. For example, you may have set a weekly goal of jogging 20 minutes, 3 times a week, but it has been snowing outside. Prepare alternative ways you can work out and train for your 5K without going outside. Perhaps you can find a local community center gymnasium to run laps in, or you can sign up for a short-term guest pass at a fitness center nearby and use the treadmill to jog on.
6.) Check your progress each week and build upon your goals. Whether you are working towards one resolution or two, check your progress each week to ensure you are accomplishing your short-term goals that will move you towards accomplishing your resolutions by New Year’s Day.
7.) On New Year’s Day, set new resolutions. As the new year begins, look at how far you have come in coming close to your resolutions, and from there make plans for either accomplishing those resolutions or setting new ones.
Let the new year start off with a new you!