Ready to Rock the New Year? 5 Tips on Meeting Your Goals
It's that time again ... a time to reflect on the past year and make goals for the new one. What are your New Year's resolutions? Did you meet all of your health and fitness goals last year? If not, here are some tips on how to make a better New Year's resolution!
1. Write down all of your goals for the upcoming year, and keep them in a journal or in a safe place so you can reference it often. (I keep mine in my wallet so I can look at them every now and again).
2. Make short- and long-term goals with an end date in mind. Be specific! Examples:
- I am going to bring my lunch to work every day.
- I am only going to drink one diet pop a day.
- I am going to eat breakfast every day - it will be a banana, a 1/2 cup of oatmeal with cinnamon and a hard boiled egg. (You get the gist!).
3. Be realistic! It takes time to make permanent changes. If weight loss is your goal, aim for one pound per week. How else can you measure your goals besides checking your weight?
- Energy levels
- Blood pressure, fasting blood sugars and lipid levels
- Waist and arm circumference
- Fitness level
- Amount of weight you can lift
4. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! Exercise is key for optimal health and for faster results. Plan your exercise sessions in your daily planner just like you would schedule any other appointment. That way, you can plan accordingly (bringing your workout clothes with you to work so you can hit the gym on your way home) and make exercise a priority.
5. Make yourself accountable for your new goals. Enlist family or friends to help you attain those New Year's resolutions. And remember, these are goals for the whole year not just January! Look over your goals every month so you can evaluate if you are on task. If you aren't, it's not the end of the world! Set a new goal, and you'll be on track again in no time!
P.S. Nowhere in here does it suggest you start fad diets to lose weight rapidly. Focus on long term changes which are more likely to stick!
By Kelly Devine Rickert, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
Registered Dietitian/Health Coach, Franciscan WELLCARE