Make Your New Year’s Resolution Last
Boy am I excited for 2016. I have a TON of stuff in the works. First, tune into Access Hollywood on Monday January 4 at 8:15am PST to watch me LIVE talking about and creating recipes from the 5 Day Detox App. I’m so excited!! (I believe it will go air a bit later in the day, so stay tuned on my IG and FB for deets!)
Plus, as you can obviously tell, I’ve launched my new website and will be saying goodbye to StaySharpBeStrong forever. It’s sad to say goodbye, but with every ending comes a new beginning and let’s be honest, I am loving this website. And last (of the things I’m able to announce) but certainly not least, the 5 Day Real Food Detox book is coming out this year! So much fun stuff!!!!
But now, down to business – New Year’s Resolutions. They’re a pain. Who even invented this? I completely understand wanting to start off the new year with good habits, but resolutions always seem to be these grand goals without any plan of action or knowledge of how to achieve them. This type of resolution is set up for failure because without any lasting lifestyle changes, we just end up depriving ourselves and then feeling guilty that deprivation didn’t work again. Who wants that??
Instead, I’ve put together a few of my best tips to make your new year’s resolution last this year so that you can actually start making the changes to your life that you’ve wanted to make.
- Make your resolution specific.
Why is it that every year when we start talking about resolutions, a majority of the people around us (including ourselves on occasion) start saying things like “I’m going to get healthy this year” or “I’m going to get in shape”. What does that even mean? Who is the judge of that? This type of goal is bound for failure because it’s so vague, and maybe that’s why we do it! Instead, be specific. Do you want to join a specific gym and go a certain number of days each week? Do you want to complete the 5 Day Detox with a family member or finally go to that Monday night yoga class that keeps catching your eye? The more specific, the better.
- Decide how you want to measure your success.
Creating a measurable resolution is key because if you have no way of measuring whether or not your reach your goal, you will never reach your goal. It simply makes no sense that you will achieve something that is unachievable. If your resolution is “Lose 50 pounds”, create small milestones along the way that let you know you are working towards it. Instead of “getting in shape”, decide to “go to the gym twice a week for at least 30 minutes”. Ask yourself how you will know if you have achieved your resolution.
- Make sure your resolution is attainable.
The resolution “Lose 50 pounds” is another great example of what not to do when making resolutions. If you want that to be your resolution, figure out how you are going to do it. You can achieve absolutely anything if you create a specific plan of action. Plan out your meals, workouts, vegetable intake and hydration. Create small goals along the way and give yourself rewards to work for. Make sure that your goal is financially realistic. If you think something is impossible, you are sealing your own fate. Take your resolution and create a plan to make it possible. It all starts with your attitude.
- Be honest – Is your resolution realistic?
Too often I hear people complain that their resolution to cut out cheese didn’t last more than 3 days. That’s because if you eat cheese regularly, you are going to keep wanting it, so cutting it out completely is not realistic at all! The key is to start small. If you want to cut out cheese eventually, try making your resolution “Only eat cheese twice a week”. If you hate going to the gym, don’t make your goal “Go to the gym and get in shape” – Instead, “try a barre class, a yoga class and a spin class at least twice each”.
- Finally, create a timeframe for you to achieve your resolution.
A lack of timeframe is one of the biggest downfalls for resolutions. The idea of “new year, new you” is great and all, but if you give yourself a whole year to achieve it, you’re just going to keep putting it off until it’s December 31, 2016 and you’re panicking about the same resolutions once again. By creating a timeframe, you are making yourself accountable for actually pursuing your resolution. Examples include: “Go to the gym 2 times a week for the next month” or “Lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks by doing the 5 Day Detox starting on Monday”, or “Only eat cheese 3 days a week for 3 weeks”. By giving yourself a short timeframe, you will feel significantly more capable of achieving the goal, and then you can create a new goal once you’ve achieved the first one.
The moral of the story here is make your resolution specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely so that you can easily achieve your resolution and begin to make small but lasting lifestyle changes this year.
What are your resolutions? I want to know! And if it involves the 5 Day Detox App, join me starting on Monday to detox all week together. I can’t wait 🙂
Lots of Love and Happy 2016!