This conversation is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council. The Calorie Control Council provided compensation for me to create this post. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you are already rolling your eyes at the thought of making New Year’s resolutions, stick with me. Personally, I have always loved making New Year’s Resolutions because I think it can be a fun way to bring in the New Year. However, I understand how lofty New Year’s resolutions can lead to feelings of frustration and guilt. It could be that making New Year’s resolutions isn’t the problem, but perhaps you’re making the wrong kind of resolutions?
- Think beyond the scale. If you resolve to be healthier in 2016, I encourage you to think about other numbers that relate to your health. Have you checked your blood pressure lately? How’s your cholesterol, blood sugar or waist circumference? Focusing on those numbers could have an even greater impact on your health compared to the number on your scale.
- Give yourself a realistic timeline. Whether it’s improving important health numbers or making time for exercise, you have to give yourself the appropriate amount of time to make it happen. If your goal is to run an adventure race or even a half marathon, maybe the first step is meeting with a personal trainer who can help you map out a training schedule. Together you can set up a plan based on your current fitness level and event timeline.
- Spend less time stressing. Factor in fun! I think New Year’s resolutions should also include something that will bring you joy in the New Year. Perhaps this means spending more time with friends and family, picking up that old instrument you used to play, or even learning a new skill or sport that helps you stress less.
- Track your progress. If you want to track your smart goals, make sure to keep a diary or record of your progress. Looking back on your progress can provide motivation to keep going when things get tough. If you track your nutrition, this can also help you see what you are doing right and where there might be room for improvement.
- Celebrate the wins. Even when you achieved even the smallest of goals, take time to celebrate your progress. Take time to journal about how reaching the goal made you feel. Or share your progress with a supportive friend or spouse who will celebrate with you.