Why wait until after the holidays to start feeling like a healthier version of yourself? The secret to keeping your New Year’s Resolution is getting an early start. By starting ahead of January 1st, you are going to be better prepared and, therefore, have a higher chance of reaching your goals.
The “Old” Way Doesn’t Work for Most People
About half of Americans
usually make a New Year’s Resolution. However, only about 8% report successfully sticking to their resolution. There are many reasons why resolutions fail. One reason is that by the time January 1st rolls around, people are looking for a quick-fix way to shed holiday weight gain. The unfortunate truth is that there is no “quick-fix”. Achieving your personal health and fitness goals takes planning, effort, and time.
You Can Accomplish a lot between Now and the New Year
A healthy rate of weight loss is about two pounds per week for the “average” person. This rate of weight loss is both doable and maintainable. There are four weeks left until the new year, so that’s 8 potential pounds lost if you start this week. Additionally, you will likely avoid gaining any holiday weight as well.
Even if your goal isn’t to lose weight, the rule still applies. By starting now, you will already have four weeks of under your belt by the time the new year rolls around. If your goal is to be more active, for example, you could take advantage of black Friday sales and stock up on active wear. If your goal is to eat healthier, you could revise your Thanksgiving and Christmas menu to include healthier meals. The possibilities are endless.
What to do
The best way to reach your goals in 2017 is to start now. Focus on one SMART goal at a time. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding, and Time specific.
I will work out more.
I will work out for at least 30 minutes 3x per week.
I will eat healthier.
I will have one serving of fruit and vegetables at each meal.
I will never eat dessert again.
I will limit dessert to once per week.
I deserve ice cream if I workout.
I will buy some new workout music if I workout at least 3x this week.
I will lose weight.
I will lose two pounds per week.
By setting SMART goals this week, you are setting yourself up for success in reaching your new goal(s). Having a SMART goal will help you stay focused and on track through the holidays. Don't wait until January 1st to start feeling healthier and making better lifestyle choices.