Desperate to make this year’s resolutions last? Well, it’s time to reality check your resolutions. Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour is to tell us what’s realistic, and what’s not, and give us bite size chunks to reframe our resolutions.
How many people stick to their resolutions? Only 8%. The #1 New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. This number is so low because of the resolutions that we set ourselves up with.
What’s an example of a poorly framed resolution?
1. I love sugar so I want to eliminate it from my diet.
Why is this bad? Psychologically, we want what we can’t have. This type of resolution sets us up for failure! Research has shown that if you phrase our sentences in an “If / Then” statement, we will really
2. I am going to lose 20 lbs in 2 months because I hate my body.
Why is this bad? Saying negative things to yourself doesn’t help improve your thoughts. Becoming more mindful is shown to help with goals such as weight loss, so become aware of your thoughts first, and then change them into a positive statement.
So, once we’re clear, what else sets us up to fail?
1. Lack of planning.
Therefore, map out your goals on a calendar – where are you now, and where do you want to be? Get realistic about what you want and what you can achieve!
2. Not having a reward system.
The “If / Then” scenario works well psychologically. IF you complete a small goal, THEN you get a reward. Reward yourself every time you hit a small goal. Make your resolutions in bite size chunks rather than as big as a meal, and reward yourself with healthy things, like a massage or a more expensive gourmet salad instead of making one at home. A new article of clothing to workout in or new running shoes is another great reward.
Finally, be willing to course correct. If all else fails, look at the methods you’re using. Weight loss is not one size fits all, and neither is health and fitness. Taking an individualized approach to your goals will make you even more successful because you’ll recognize that what works for someone else may not work for you, and you won’t feel like a failure and dejected.
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