Tools for New Year’s Resolution Success

This weekend I was invited to speak about Staying on Track with your New Year’s Resolutions on Good Day Columbus. It was a blast – you can watch the video here:

Some of the tips we discussed are included below, along with other bonus bites of information:

1. Assess your Motivation for making the change. Is it for a an external event, such as an upcoming wedding you want to lose weight for, or is it for a longer-term, internal goal such as wanting more vitality and better health outcomes.

2. Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals – by making general statements such as “I want to lose weight” or “I want to eat healthier” creates a very nebulous goal which may or may not be reached. When you include the elements of a S.M.A.R.T. plan (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely), your goal takes on more of a true form and is more likely to be effective.

3. Change your Environment – if your environment at home or work feels like a junk-food trap, you’ve realize the need to start cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator or avoiding the vending machine by bringing your own delicious and healthy snack 🙂

4. Planning helps make resolutions fail-proof – I’ve said it before to my clients and I’ll say it again. “If you don’t plan, plan to fail” – because it’s so very true. Nothing knocks a well-meaning person off the resolution wagon faster than either failing to bring in a healthy lunch or pack their gym bag the night before. Planning your meals, setting up a routine for a seamless morning, and having athletic gear for your workout packed will all help create success.

5. BONUS: Enlist Support! In order to use these tips to the best of your ability remember the importance of creating a support system. Whether that’s enlisting the help of family, significant other, group, or a nutritionist & health coach ….you’ll want someone to be there while you’re running a good race, and someone to pick you up after you’ve skinned your knee.

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