Four Simple Tips To Keep Your Resolutions On Track
The calendar has flipped and 2018 is here! Many Profile members are already hard at work on their New Year's resolutions. In many cases, that means breaking old habits and adopting new ones. Setting good habits can be a powerful way to achieve your goals and stay focused. Whether your goal is changing a bad habit or implementing a new one, here are some steps you can take to ensure your habit will stick:
1. Start Small
Work on one change at a time and select goals that are attainable and realistic. For example, if you are new to exercise, make it your goal to take a walk three times per week, rain or shine, for at least 15 minutes. You don’t even have to go to the gym; many Profile members take their walks over the lunch break. Each week, slowly add 5-10 minutes until you meet your goal of 150 minutes of activity each week.
2. Put Your Plan In Writing.
You’re more likely to hold yourself accountable if you put your goal in writing. When putting your plan on paper, remember to include details:
• A specific length of time with start and end dates
• Your reasons (motivations) for changing
• Any obstacles you may face
• Strategies to overcome potential obstacles
Make note of how you feel at the beginning of your journey and throughout the process. There’s a good chance you’ll feel better each day and will intrinsically motivate you to continue this new habit going forward.
3. Identify A Support System
It’s okay to lean on friends, family, co-workers or your Profile coach to support you and hold you accountable. From finding an exercise buddy to letting your co-workers know that you’re no longer indulging in break room snacks, you’ll find that people are happy to help motivate you and keep you on track.
4. Reward Yourself
When setting your goal, identify certain milestones in your journey. Reward yourself regularly. You lost 30 pounds? Take yourself shopping for new clothes. You finally hit your 150-minute activity goal? Treat yourself to a movie and pack your own healthy snacks. These little motivators do wonders to help you continue to reach for that next milestone.
You’ll learn many things about yourself during your weight loss journey, including how you manage your habits. Remember that change doesn’t happen overnight, so give yourself the gift of time to be successful in your habit change process and you'll start to notice those New Year's resolutions coming to fruition.