18 Jan Don’t Give Up on Your New Year’s Goals
Most studies show that 80-90% of New Year’s goals or resolutions fail by February. One of the top resolutions every year is to lose weight or to become healthier in some way. How can you be in the 10-20% who are still going strong, striving toward your goals in February and beyond? Here are three tips to help you be in that elite group that reaches their goals, and keeps the resolve to conquer their resolutions.
- Have a plan, and write down the plan. Many people are very vague about what they want to accomplish. Be as specific as possible. If your goal is to lose weight, set a measurable way to gauge your progress. For example, maybe you want to lose 30 pounds. Having a plan to lose 5 pounds by the end of January is a measurable objective; however, you also need a plan in place to actually lose the weight. Try constructing action plans each week that are small steps to get to your monthly goal, which will eventually get you to your ultimate goal. Your action plan may include going to the gym 4 times a week and eating from a nutritional plan 5 days a week. Make sure and write down your action plans, and post them where you can see them often. You are twice as likely to reach your goals if you write them down. That percentage goes up when you review your progress and are reminded of the goals often.
- Plug into the power of accountability. Talking about your goals keeps them at the front of your focus. Telling others about what you are striving to accomplish keeps you accountable. No one likes to tell others they failed, so put yourself out there in order to help yourself succeed! Joining a group class, a quad training session, or even a tandem session are other avenues that keep you accountable. People are depending on you in the group. If you don’t keep your commitment you are not only letting yourself down, but the other people involved as well. Another tip is to hire a trainer. The investment, plus the accountability promotes your adherence to the plan.
- Don’t forget to reward yourself! Putting a reward at the end of a goal (or in small successes along the way) motivates! Make sure that the reward does not compromise your success. For example, don’t reward yourself with a cupcake for losing weight. This is counterproductive. Instead, choose a reward that promotes your continued success, like getting a new workout outfit when you lose X amount of body fat. Make the reward something you really want, but will not allow yourself to have until you reach your goal.
You can do it. At TwinFitness we have worked with countless women, just like you who make it happen with our guidance! We love helping women reach their goals. They may start out without much energy or confidence, but after working with us they feel empowered. They gain back that energy and confidence. At TwinFitness we are committed to you, we care about you, and we are confident that you will succeed working with us! Let us be the next step in your fitness journey! Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Tanya Burk