Every year, tens of millions of people across the world come up with New Year’s resolutions. Many of them vow to improve their health by losing weight, improving their diet, or exercising. Here are a few ways you can make sure you stay on track of your New Year’s resolutions:
1. Keep realistic goals. If your resolution is to exercise, try going to the gym once a week in January. In February, try twice a week. In March, bump it up to three days a week. This is an easy way to maintain an exercise schedule for yourself.
2. Plan ahead. If your goal is to lose weight, take it slow. Try to lose 5 pounds a month, or one pound a week. And beware of the weekend! We all indulge a little bit over the weekend, but remember your New Year’s resolutions before Friday rolls around!
3. Track your progress. Make note of every pound you lose and every sweet desert you have forsaken. Pat yourself on the stomach every time you succeed!
4. Reward yourself. After you have lost a few pounds, reward yourself by buying a nice dress or set of pants. If it’s a smaller fit, it will give you an incentive to keep the weight off. But try not to reward yourself with an ice cream sundae. There is a bigger chance of a relapse.
5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up. Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
Remember, everyone can fulfill their New Year’s Resolutions. All it takes is a little bit of hard work, commitment and a realistic work plan, and you can succeed.