The kids are back in school, hopefully well rested and ready to tackle another few months of learning. By now, us big kids are back in the office, setting up or planning and forecasting for the year to come. On a personal note, many have made their resolutions for the year to come.

But, according to the radio this morning, today is the most dreaded day of the year and that many people have already abandoned their well intentioned New Year’s resolutions.

How crazy is that! We are not even one week into the new year! But the reality is that once our lives and schedules kick back into full swing, many of us lose sight of our resolutions.

Today’s topic presents some tips about how to keep your new years resolutions. Of course, each point is applicable to general resolutions, but there is definitely a slant toward keeping your health and wellness ones.

I highly recommend making one good resolution for the year to come and sticking to it! It increases your confidence and will definitely better your life.

Start by figuring out the best way to do so, keeping in mind both your strengths and weaknesses, and then just make it happen!

Have a great first week back! And be careful out there, its a slippery day!

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Every January 1st, an estimated 41 percent of North Americans resolve to lose weight or get in shape. (More than half have made this same resolution for five years or more!) In fact, health clubs and gyms see an increase in membership of 25% during the first week of January alone! But by January 30th, 95% of resolutions are dropped and most of us quickly go back to our old habits. What can you do to achieve your health and wellness goals this year?

Here are 5 Top Tips for turning your dreams into reality this year:

1. Do it “write.”

Studies show that the simple act of writing down your intentions helps your mind and body connect and increases your chances of success. Select no more than three resolutions and write them on a piece of paper. Include specifics that you can measure (i.e. I will lose 10 pounds by March 1st; I will have no more than one glass of wine per week). Post your resolutions in a visible place — your bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car, for example, and say them out loud to yourself each day.

2. Plan ahead.

Now that you’ve created your resolutions, plan the specific actions you’ll need to take to achieve them – don’t leave it to chance! For example, if your goal is to “exercise daily,” mark your calendar with the workout classes you’ll attend. Pack your gym bag the night before, and take healthy snacks to work or in your car for pre-workout energy. As another example, if your goal is to “eat healthy meals” cook a week’s worth of soup, quinoa, vegetables, beans, etc. and pack your lunch each morning.

3. Get to the source of what’s sabotaging your efforts.

Are you in a bad relationship that causes you to splurge on sweets every night? Are you stressed out at work and feel too drained to exercise after a demanding day at the office? Keep a journal and get in touch with what’s eating you. See if you can make slight changes to the way you respond to situations. Or perhaps it’s time to look for a new job or relationship! When you are able to recognize and tackle the root cause of why you eat or why you don’t exercise, it will be easier to reach your goals without turning to food for “comfort.”

4. Visualize what your life will look like when you achieve your resolutions.

Start by asking yourself: What do I want and why do I want it? If you resolve to lose 20 pounds, how will this benefit you? (i.e. more energy, more confidence, longer life.) Picture how you will look – what are you wearing? A little black dress? Skinny jeans? How do you feel? Visualizing yourself as having achieved your goals will help you stay on track toward what’s truly important to you.

5. Share your resolutions with friends and family.

When you tell others, your commitments become more real and you become accountable. Consider finding a “workout buddy” or invite friends over to cook and eat new healthy recipes. 

Follow these 5 top tips and this may be the last year you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or get healthy!

Here’s to your success and a happy, healthy New Year!

 

 

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About the Author: Christina Della Rocca, n.d.

Christina Della Rocca is a multi-disciplinary Health Coach with over 20 years of experience in the fields of health, fitness, and wellness.

One of Montreal’s leading wellness professionals, Christina has been featured on Montreal AM live, RDS television, CHOM FM, CJAD, Mountain City Rock, and Trends Magazine.  Founder and Director of « EXERCISE PLUS » A Wellness Company that brings health & Fitness programs to companies in and around the Montreal area., Christina is a leading Corporate Wellness Specialist.