Many of us make New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions. We say we’ll lose 50 pounds this year, stop eating fast food and workout every day. While some do actually follow through with their resolutions, many find themselves back to square one by mid-January. But the good news is success can be within reach with planning and dedication. Here are a few tips that can make your journey a little easier:
- Set realistic goals. For example, it’s not reasonable to say “I will stop eating fast food altogether,” if you eat it daily. That would require a lot of discipline and planning on your part. Instead of going cold turkey, break your goal down into mini-goals. So, if you want to be able eliminate fast food from your diet, maybe start by cutting it down to three times a week. Then, cut back from there until it’s no longer part of your routine.
- Track progress. Whether it’s weight loss or establishing a regular gym routine, focusing on progress can help you continue to succeed. For example, you might mark on your calendar the days you go to the gym. Or if you’ve shed a few pounds, keep a log of your weight so you can see patterns. Both will serve as a visible reminder of the changes you’ve made.
- Set your intention. Support systems can be the difference maker in achieving goals. Do yourself a favor and inform your friends and family of your goal and ask them to keep your honest. Some tough love is good for you every now and then.
- Reward yourself. Positive reinforcement can a motivating factor. A word of caution: Be sure the rewards don’t sabotage your goal. For example, instead of treating yourself a pizza for doing that spin class, you could reward yourself with a massage.
- Love yourself. Sometimes life happens and achieving the goal seems nearly impossible. Stick with it and you’re bound to succeed.
From all of us at the Denver Spine Institute, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!