New year resolutions are mostly to eat less, weigh less, workout more or stay fit. January starts with many goal plans, new gym enrolments and fitness gears selling like hot cakes. But by February end or mid-March, most gym floors are empty and fitness gears seem lost in our draws. It might seem that resolutions dissolve in sometime and that its practically not feasible to stick to them throughout the year. Though keeping up your promises may not be 100% possible, changes for the better are feasible in terms of health and fitness.
Goal it Right
Along with your goal plan, plan how you would be achieving too! If you think upon losing 20 kilograms, lowering cholesterol levels or improving overall well-being as your goal, you are going to end up unsuccessful with the results. Instead, focus on the plan or process which you decide to use to achieve the goal. For a target goal, create process goals that help you reach the target goal. For example, if your goal is weight loss, how will you do it? Will you cut down on food intake? Will you increase physical activity? Detailing such intricate ideas can help you achieve your goal successfully. Read more on pursuing your goal with determination at www.firsteatright.com.
While setting goals, also think about the barriers that might arise along with them. It might be in terms of finances, time constraint, obligations or disinterest. After identifying the barriers, chalk down a realistic plan to achieve it.
Rope in an Accountable Partner
Find someone accountable for your actions, it might be your best friend, office colleague or a fitness coach. Social support helps you stay focused on your goal and leads you in the right direction.
We mostly concentrate on what’s wrong with us ignoring the ones that are absolutely right. While self-criticism might work favorable in some cases, it does just the opposite of what is needed when it comes to eating behavior and weight-loss goals.
Whereas, self-compassion helps in behavioral change. Instead of criticizing yourself when you change tracks or go off the goal, ensure and reassure yourself that you are looking out for long-term success and that setbacks are normal.
Improving health is a long-term process that needs enough of all the above factors starting right from setting your goal to being in love with oneself.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.