The truth is, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. While that number may seem daunting, it’s simply a sign that we’re not going about it in the right way.
So if you fall into this percentage of people looking to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle, here’s some advice on how to make 2019 your success story:
If you don’t set a goal that’s measurable in some way, how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Your New Year’s resolution should also include some smaller mini-goals to function as progress checkpoints along the way to the main goal. That way, if your long-term resolution seems overwhelming (such as, drop 50 pounds by next year), you can break it down into more short-term, measurable daily or weekly goals (lose a pound a week). Since you will be able to track your progress on a gradual but consistent basis, you will be able to see yourself succeeding, which is the best way to stay on track.
Make Room in Your Routine
If you’re new to exercise or haven’t worked out in years, it’s important to find a workout time that works for you -- and stick to it. Many people find that waking up a half hour earlier and getting their workouts out of the way first thing in the morning is best. Not a morning person? Throw your gym bag in the car and get your workout in right after work, before you get home and get caught up in your home life. Pretty soon it will be habit to exercise, instead of a chore you have to squeeze in.
Incorporate Foods With Multiple Healthy Functions
Choose to introduce new foods and drinks that are healthy and have added benefits. It seems very simple, but keeping your fridge stocked with these healthy foods will go a long way towards helping you keep your goals.
One such healthy option is Chlorophyll Water. Not only does it provide the benefits of hydration; Chlorophyll Water packs powerful antioxidant and cleansing properties, promotes energy from within, helps control hunger and cravings and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
Give thanks for what you do.
Forget perfection. Set your sights on finishing that marathon, not on running it. If you compete to complete, you'll be a winner even if you wind up walking as much as you run. With exercise — and so many other goals we set — you'll benefit even when doing less than you'd like to do. Any activity is always better than none. If your goal for Tuesday is a 30-minute workout at the gym, but you only squeeze in 10 minutes, feel grateful for that. It's enough. Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Making a change can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. By focusing on these simple steps – measuring your progress, building a routine, incorporating healthy multi-functional foods & drinks and being positive – you’ll stay in control of the situation and stick to your goals for 2019!