Every year, the first month or so sees a flurry of resolutions, ranging from the every-day to truly life-changing ones, like saving more towards retirement or getting more exercise. Unfortunately, the majority of these resolutions are broken towards the middle of the year, or even earlier than that.
One of the common resolutions include health and weight loss – which comes as no surprise, with obesity practically a worldwide epidemic these days. It's a good thing, then, that there are tips for a healthy new year Adelaide you can follow, to help make it easier for you to keep this resolution.
1. Talk about it. Keeping a resolution a secret, especially one that involves getting into shape, can make it harder to keep. After all, you can't always say 'no' to your colleagues' lunch invites. That way, you're not setting yourself up for failure.
2. Write it down. Some people find it easier to stick to something if they see the pros and cons written down. Writing down your reasons for wanting to lose weight may also help you. Other people – your relatives, for example, can contribute to that list, and help you keep your resolve in the long run.
3. Be S.M.A.R.T. Using a general statement makes it hard for you to know if you're making progress or not. Instead, you need to make sure your weight loss goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based.
Instead of saying or writing “I'll lose weight this year,” try “I will lose a pound every week, or at least 40 pounds by the end of the year.” Knowing how much you lose on a weekly or monthly basis will help you refine your goals in this respect.
4. Keep track. You don't need to weigh yourself religiously, especially since the scale isn't always the best indicator of whether or not you're getting into shape. Once a week, even just twice a month is okay.
5. Reward yourself. Perhaps you can treat yourself to a new pair of shoes, or visit a spa for some well-earned relaxation when you lose a certain amount of weight. This will make weight loss seem less an ordeal and more of a long-term process.
Whatever rewards you choose to give yourself when you reach short-term goals, make sure they don't make you break your weight loss plan for 2015 Adelaide.