Every year brings the onset of a long list of New Year’s resolutions. There is something about the shift in dates that inspires people to make major changes. A clean start. New Year, new me is the mantra. While this can be a powerful feeling that can act as a source of inspiration for positive change, it is unfortunately common for many of those goals to fall to the wayside as early as a few weeks into the year. By the time Valentine’s Day comes into the picture, the image is typically one of candy and chocolate hearts rather than vitamins and nutrients.
Setting the Right Goal
Instead of putting all of your goals in that one New Year’s basket, a different way to look at it is to break your goal up into smaller increments and to check in with your progress at the start of every new month. 12 steps to a new and healthier you can be easily focused on throughout the 12 months of the year.
What does this look like, exactly? Breaking up your goal into smaller, more achievable steps is the difference between taking on an overly ambitious goal that can leave you feeling quickly disappointed and focusing on a small goal that you are more likely to achieve in a reasonable amount of time. For example, instead of saying you want to lose 100 pounds this year, you can focus on losing 8 to 10 pounds a month—a goal that is much more reasonable, especially when you take the initiative to work with a medical weight loss doctor.
Simply setting a goal that is reasonable and achievable is half of the equation. Once you do that, it is time to think about what small steps you can take to get there. Sure, for that overarching weight loss goal diet and exercise should be on that list, but it goes deeper than that. Most of goal making is mental, so making mental notes on your way to your goal will help you stay focused.
Here is a short list that can help you stay on track towards your New Year goals:
- First and foremost, as already stated, be realistic. If you achieve your goal, then you can work hard to surpass it. Don’t set yourself up for failure from the start. IF you need help setting a realistic weight loss goal, talk to your weight loss doctor.
- Plan ahead and be specific with what you are going to do. Organize that plan and write it down. Give yourself steps to follow and in-case-of-emergency contingency plans (like how you plan to make dinner on those oh-so-tired nights).
- Talk about your goals and your plan with those closet to you. If you can, try to get others involved in your plan as well, at least as a support network, if not as full-fledged members of your new diet plan. Sharing your hopes and plans will help keep you accountable as you move through the year.
Planning ahead and finding an accountability network to provide you with support can make a world of difference. From there, it is all about tracking your progress and staying positive. For more guidance on reaching your weight loss goal this year, contact your weight loss doctor.