1. Make your resolution measurable, realistic, and time bound. Simple goals like “get healthy,” “lose weight,” or “wear my old swimsuit” won’t help you make lasting changes. “Get healthy” is too vague. “Lose weight” doesn’t give you a specific weight to lose. And “wear my old swimsuit” doesn’t give you a time frame to achieve your goal. But “lose ten pounds by May so I can wear my old swimsuit to the beach” is very specific, gives you a measurement to achieve, and gives you a time to accomplish the goal. With specific, measurable, and time bound goals, you are able to break down that goal into smaller goals that effect your daily decisions. Goals like “lose one pound every two weeks,” “no snacking after dinner,” or “walk twenty minutes three times per week” are small goals that will help you get to the larger goal. So do some digging and some rewording and find out exactly what you want to achieve and by when.
2. Write it down and check it off. My brain is like a merry-go-round. If I don’t hold onto a piece of information tightly, it will fly out of my brain when the daily grind of life starts spinning. So I have to write my goals down or I forget I set them, why I set them, and what I am going to do practically to achieve them. In the area of habits, writing my goals down and making a checklist of how I am doing in accomplishing those goals helps me make practical changes. If you want to eat healthier, your daily checklist might include eating breakfast, eating five servings of vegetables, saying no to sugary treats, and no eating after dinner. If you check each of these items off your list each night, it motivates you throughout the day to accomplish your goals.
3. Change it up. Sometimes when we set goals, life gets in the way. If you want to run a 5k in May, but your work schedule changes so you can only run twice per week, change your goal to run a 5k in July. If you want to lose ten pounds in two months but your child gets sick and you get off track, change your goal so that you have three months to lose the weight. Whether you achieve the goal you set out to accomplish or a modified goal, you are still making positive health changes. Remember, life is a journey of health, not a destination. So hack your health habits with these tips and enjoy the journey.
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(“New Years Resolution Statistics.” Static Brain. Statistic Brain Research Institute, 2017)