We’re 6 weeks into 2013. If you’ve lost steam on your New Year Resolutions, you’re not alone. Get back on track with these 5 steps.
Re-evaluate your goals. If you bit off more than you can chew, step back and create small, achievable goals. If you forgot your goals, set up reminders on your phone or computer to stay engaged.
Make yourself accountable. Partner up for a regular exercise date. Ask a friend or loved one to hold you to your goals. It doesn’t have to be annoying. Simply ask them to check in on you once a week. Knowing that you have to report to someone makes a huge difference.
Try something new. If you’ve been following the same diet and exercise routine since January 2nd a plateau is on the horizon. Switch things up! Try a circuits class or swap your morning cereal for a veggie omelet from time to time.
Be kind to yourself. Don’t let eating one cookie lead to the whole bag. If you “fall off the wagon,” just get right back on. The longer you stay off the harder it is to get back on track.
Build in rewards. All work and no play is no fun. Stay motivated by setting up a (non-food related) reward system. Stash away a few dollars for every pound or mini-goal met. Use the money to go shoe shopping, enjoy a day at the spa or take up a new hobby.
The journey of a thousand miles, starts with the first step. – Lao Tzu
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