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As we entered the new year, you may have made a resolution regarding your health and wellbeing. I’m going to start running! I’m going to start drinking more water! I’m going to start eating more healthily! On average, 80% of new year’s resolutions fail. Not a very encouraging statistic.
How will you make sure you are in the 20% of people who manage to stick to their resolution?
Here are some tips for keeping up those resolutions – changing them from resolutions to habits you keep throughout 2021, not just January.
Keep a log of your achievements.
It can really help to keep a log of your achievements. This can take many forms – a tally chart above the sink for each time you have a glass of water, or a tick list for each run you go on. I am currently using the free version of the Daily Dozen app. It’s on Apple & Google Play and geared more toward a vegan lifestyle so I check off the beans part when I eat meat but is working pretty good for me. I like to see how many points I get each day and like that I am so full from eating lots of healthy items instead of complete carb overload.
These kinds of physical proof of the progress you are making can be really motivational. Plus, your desire to complete all the tasks in a week will be much higher if you can see the blankness of the boxes you can’t tick if you don’t go on that days progress.
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Keeping this log can also be made more useful by working a reward system into it.
Say you colour in a box for every time you resist a chocolate bar – once you’ve coloured in a row of boxes, you should allow yourself a reward. The reward you give yourself will depend from person to person, but a reward system should definitely help.
It can make a process feel much easier, and, over time, cause you to associate keeping this habit with the good feeling the reward causes in your brain. Before long, you might find you want to keep up this habit naturally.
Invest in equipment to help you.
A lot of people’s resolutions fail because they don’t properly try. They’ll go running, but not in proper gear. When they find it’s difficult, a lot of this will be down to the fact they are just running in a t-shirt and shorts, and so are much colder than they would be in a proper outfit. Or maybe you join a gym but the 30 minutes to get there and back will take up 5 hours of your week. It could be worth it if getting out and about motivates you. If not, think about getting workout equipment that can help you at home.
Similarly, using top of the range technology like the best ketone test can help you stick to diets. By using tech, you can see your progress in numerical value. Sometimes it can be hard to stick to a resolution when it looks like nothing is changing. Things will be changing, don’t worry – but without proper equipment, you might not be able to tell. This can get you down and wreck your mindset.
Without a good mindset, how can you hope to keep up a resolution past January?
Ask people to keep you accountable.
Turning resolutions into habits is hard work. As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Just this morning my neighbor asked if we could be each others’ accountability partners and I’m in! I know with us cheering each other on and also talking us through stumbling blocks, we are more likely to reach our goals.
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Tell your trusted family and friends about your goals, and they will be able to motivate you. Plus, they can tell you off when you break it. Just two days ago I asked my husband to help me with my night time snacking issue (like eating a giant bag of chips in one setting) I asked him to just say “bathing suit” any time I start nighttime snacking. Guilt isn’t the best emotion, but it can work well when trying to stick to resolutions. And sometimes we just need a reminder to stop mindlessly doing something that is stopping us from reaching our goals.
Hopefully, with these tips, your new year’s resolutions will succeed, and you will be part of the lucky 20%!!!
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