I hope you had a fabulous Christmas break with friends, family and food…and not too much of any one thing!
New Year 2016 is upon us, the traditional time of year for looking back and reflecting over the past year and looking forward to the new one coming.
Did you make a health resolution for 2016?
For me I don’t really believe in New Year Resolutions only because they don’t tend to work often and people who make them just quit after a few weeks or even days, but if you do that’s ok. Lots of us come up with fitness goals that we want to accomplish in the upcoming year—and we can. That is, of course, if we can get them to stick first.
I would like to challenge you to spend sometime this week thinking about these 3 questions:
- What needed to happen in 2015 for it to have been the best year of your life?
- What needs to happen for 2016 to be the best year of your life?
- What needs to change in 2016 for this to become your reality?
The answers to those questions will be different for everyone but the way to apply them to your life in 2016 is virtually the same. A lot of people set New Year goals but never really fulfil them or never really accomplish them because of mental blocks inside their heads, setting big goals and more importantly, setting unrealistic goals.
In order for you to reach your goals in 2016 the best way is to start slow. Here are some of my tips to accomplishing your goals whether be fitness or otherwise:
- Make Monthly GoalsWhen you make all-or-nothing yearly goals, it can sometimes lead to let downs and keep you unmotivated after the goals failed. Take someone who wants to quit smoking for a whole year, if you quit cold turkey from January 1 then that would last a whole three days before the brain and body functions go into crisis mode and then the smoker would quickly reach for that cigarette. If you set a shorter goal time for yourself you may have been more likely to accomplish that goal.Last year I set a few overarching goals for the whole year (one being to sign up for a half marathon) but focused much of my efforts on monthly goals. Each month I start fresh with a batch of new goals that I want to accomplish over the course of that month. Some goals might overlap into the next month, but by giving yourself a shorter time period to accomplish those goals, you may be more likely to complete them!
- Write Your Goals DownI have a blog and it’s easy to publish my goals to the world and make me feel more accountable for them. For me, I actually have bought myself a white board and have written everything I want down. You could also do it the old-fashioned way and write them in a journal, but wherever you place your goals, make sure they are in a place where you can view them daily.
You can also place your goals on your social media pages, such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram. Be creative! By sharing your goals with other people, you’re not only held accountable, but it gives you the opportunity to receive well wishes and motivation from your peers.
- Treat Yourself This is something that people sometimes overlook. If you’re trying to lose weight in 2016, make sure to not deprive yourself altogether of sweets. Treat yourself every once in a while. This doesn’t mean binge on chocolate or ice cream, but by letting yourself have a little bit every once in a while you will be satisfying your cravings and keeping yourself from overindulging later on.Another way to treat yourself is to set monthly goals (as I stated in Tip #1) and give yourself a little reward at the end of the month if you completed those goals. This can be as simple as a night out indulging in your favourite dinner, or treating yourself to a manicure. Whatever you do choose as your reward, write it down and view it daily!
So there you go they are just some tips for you to get started in 2016!
Every journey starts with one small step!
Your Health Vigilante,