Promises You Don’t Intend to Keep
1. Get Real
On January 1st, you will not suddenly eat all vegetarian, hit the gym every day, cut out all sugar and run 50 miles each week. Those goals are too many and too extreme (and let’s face it, you’re just too lazy.) Pick one, maaaybe two resolutions and make them realistic. Resolve to eat a fruit or veggie with each meal (or at least with dinner) or add in a couple more workouts to your weekly routine. Making resolutions too complicated only leads to failure.
2. Break It Down Like a Bad Rapper
Refuse to downsize your resolution? Have to reach for the stars? Overachievers Go-getters should break down their ridiculous large goals into smaller parts. Want to lose major poundage? Aim for five pounds a month or one pound each week. Smaller goals give you quicker feedback and more opportunities for success.
3. Gold Stars
When you meet those mini goals, celebrate! Exercised five days this week? Go watch a new release in theaters. Ate your minimum servings of fruits/veggies all month? Buy a pair of jeans. But watch it! The reward should not counteract your goals. Never reward with extra dessert or skipping workouts, this will only make you a fatty slow down progress.
4. You’re Not Perfect
Sorry to break the bad news. Must come as a shock. You will make mistakes on your resolutions. Slap yourself on the wrist, say, “Bad, bad,” and get right back on the plan. A mistake is not a failure, but a learning experience.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What are they this year, or what have they been in the past? How
badly did you fail did you succeed with past resolutions?