How to Keep New Years Resolutions:
Happy New Year Everyone. I'm so glad you're back.
Though I'm sure we all know what helps keep us on track we have listed some tips just to refresh our memories that can help us keep those New Years Resolutions that we have made... again.
Let's say this all together....
Look out 2015, I'm stronger than before.
Is it deja vu or do I just keep making the same old resolutions to myself year after year?
I know we're not alone as this is the time when we promise ourselves that we will change for the better.
After all, it's a new year and with that we hope that improvements and good things will come our way, especially if we take the time and work at them.
No matter what changes we have promised to make to better our lives, here are a few tips and suggestions that can actually help you to keep them.
Write down your future goals. Be very specific because this really works.
It is important to know exactly what you want to achieve and why. It’s like keeping a journal about your life and you are the star.
Remind yourself the benefits you will gain by sticking to it and always picture the happy outcome in your mind.
Knowing exactly what you want is great but now you must take action, because we know that without action it will only stay a dream and not become a reality.
Don't let failure intimidate you. It's not your enemy, it's a learning tool.
I know this sounds a bit crazy, but try not to look at failure as a negative.
Look at it as a temporary bump in the road and a learning experience that has made you stronger.
People that succeed have usually failed more times than they can count before getting it right.
The morale is, never give up no matter how many times you have faltered, because if you keep on trying there is always that chance you will succeed and will keep New Years resolutions, but without trying we have little or no chance to make the change we desire.
Post inspirational notes and photos
Try posting motivational notes or photos of people that inspire you when starting your new challenge. Post these in an area where you can see them every morning when you start your day.
For many people, putting pictures of your kids, loved ones or friends on a desk nearby may also boost your energies to help reach your goals.
No matter what your goal it is always nice to reward yourself for keeping focussed. After all, hard work deserves a treat or a mini celebration now or then.
Drink Lots of Water
This is a no brainer and should be repeated often to remind us.
Drinking water is a fantastic way to help fill a grumbling tummy and also helps us to detox, making us feel more energetic, less weighed down and helps increase our metabolism.
Feeling Hungry is actually good for you. Want to Know Why?
When you are hungry your body is cleansing itself which aids in weight loss.
Do you every get that rumbling hungry feeling in your tummy. That feeling is actually a good thing.
When we have less food in our tummies our bodies are in cleaning mode. Toxins are being eliminated and calories are being burned.
As mentioned above you can always have a glass of water to temporarily fill up and help avoid hunger until your next meal.
If some days that hungry feeling becomes intolerable, then check out the next tip below.
Don’t starve yourself
Eat, but reach out for real foods, not processed foods.
Try to fill up on foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories. Lots of fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein are key.
I don't want to sound harsh but we have to stop eating anything we want at any time.
There are consequences for this way of eating and it's only good practice to think before we reach and fill our mouths.
Choose wisely and avoid junk foods. Pick your favorite healthy foods and enjoy. You will feel better and more energized.
Plan ahead for next day simplicity
Every task flows easier when you have a plan. Once you have chosen your meal plans for tomorrow or the week, try to prepare.
Make sure the ingredients you need are in your fridge and ready to go. If you wash and clean all the vegetables ahead of time, it makes things so much easier.
This tip can be such a great time saver on those oh so busy days and also helps keep new years resolutions a little easier.
A Gift For You
Here are some Motivational and Goal Setting Work Sheets we would love to give you to help get you started. It's a handy tool to have around.
If you have made a resolution for this new year I wish you lots of luck on whatever positive change you have decided for yourself (and/or loved ones around you).
Wishing you success, but as always wishing you health and happiness.
Do you find calorie counting helps you manage your diet or meal preparation? Then here is a handy calorie counter provided by about.com to help avoid holiday weight gain.