Happy New Years Resolution season!
Ohhh yes that wonderful time of the year when the gym is packed, the grocery store is sold out of veggies, meals are prepped and people are extra friendly because they’re working on being the “best versions of themselves.”
If only that lasted longer than a month.
I read some statistic the other day that about 80% of people fail to meet their resolutions and it really got me thinking about why so many people fail. Do they simply lose motivation or do they have no idea where to even begin?
Personally, I’m a very goal driven and self motivated person. You better believe when I set a goal for myself that I’m going to achieve it but I understand some people are not like that. They need to be motivated daily, see success and have structure.
Below are 6 ways to help you stay motivated to achieve your goals this year. DO NOT be in that 80% that has failed yet again to make changes in their lives.
BRING IT ON 2017!
How To Stay Motivated To Actually Accomplish Your New Years Resolutions:
Set small goals leading up to a larger goal
Thinking of running your first half marathon this year? AWESOME! But let’s be honest training and running is hard and is especially challenging coming right off of the holidays. Start with baby steps and maybe make your goal to run a 5k in February, a 10k in March then your big half marathon in May. You will constantly be motivated to train and you will get that sense of success and accomplishment after each small goal has been completed.
Have a plan of attack
Kind of piggybacking off the example above if you want to run your first half marathon this year just running a couple times a week is not going to get you there. Do some research and find a training plan for running your first half like Kara Goucher’s 10 week half marathon plan. Then put your workouts on your calendar and schedule them like they’re a meeting! You’ll stay motivated by seeing results, knowing exactly what you need to do to achieve your goal and will stick to it.
Focus on what you’re gaining not giving up
This one is HUGE! People are always super excited about their resolutions the first week of January then very quickly things get negative. “I’m so excited to get in shape for my cruise” turns into “This sucks waking up early to workout” or “My body is going to feel so much better without booze” turns into “Ugh I can’t believe I can’t even have a 1 glass of wine”.
Focus on the positive and what you’re going to gain from all your hard work. I highly recommend finding a quote or mantra to write down in your phone, on your mirror or to hang on your fridge so when things get tough you can remember it’s worth it! My favorite; “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse”
Celebrate your success
Every small step towards your goal/ resolution should be celebrated. When I was training for my marathon last year I would always reward myself with 1 new piece of Lululemon clothing after each month of training…because damnit I deserved it!
Just remember your success shouldn’t be celebrated in a way that is counterproductive towards your goal though. For example, if your goal is to lose 15 lbs by April 1st you probably shouldn’t reward 1 good week of eating with a giant bowl of ice cream. Just sayin! Instead try rewarding yourself with something that isn’t food…ideas here.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Let’s just say you’re two months into working out 3x/ week and you’ve seen no changes in your body. You’re upset, you’re exhausted and on the verge of giving up. DON’T! Instead consider asking your super fit friend for some advice or even turning to a professional like a personal trainer. Usually people passionate about what they do are more than willing to offer some advice.
I also want to mention here diet plans. I worked at a company called Medifast for years and it was always so eye opening that January was not our busy month…it was February and March. Everyone would come in AFTER trying to diet on their own. People often said they needed accountability, a more structured plan or would flat out admit they had no idea how to eat right and needed help. There are reasons professionals have jobs– do not hesitate to ask.
Don’t let 1 bad day ruin your year
I have such an all or nothing mentality. If I have 1 bad day of eating it’s so tempting to be say “F it” and fall off the wagon for the entire weekend.
Really challenge yourself this year to not let small slip ups halt your motivation. Life happens and that’s okay. The important part is to learn from your mistakes, move on and try even harder to make 2017 your year!
My New Years Resolutions:
Looking back on 2016 I did a pretty darn good job meeting my resolutions.
I did sober January, completed Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide, completed the half marathon Triple Crown, ran my first full marathon, continued to grow my blog and really focused on spending money on experiences not not things.
This year I’m only making a few resolutions but they’re ones I’m really going to try my hardest to achieve.
- Eat less sugar/ be more conscious about added sugars in foods
- Eat a more whole food diet
- Break my current half marathon PR
- Learn how to use my camera/ edit photos for my blog
- Stop worrying so much about things I can’t control
Are you making any New Years Resolutions this year? If so, let me know one of them!