We can all agree that losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions to make for the New Year! And this is the year you’re ready and committed to making changes every month, not just in January (and we couldn’t be more excited for you!). But after you’ve clinked glasses, cleaned up the gold and silver confetti, it’s time to get down to business. Losing weight is a great start for the New Year, but breaking your resolution down into mini-resolutions will help you meet your year-end goal–to be the best version of you! Here’s how:
Make measurable goals
With pen and dedicated notebook in hand, brainstorm and write down a list of measurable goals that actually aid your weight loss journey. The more specific the goal, the more attainable it is. Here are some healthy ideas to get you started:
● Commit to taking the stairs wherever possible
● Sign up for a 5K in your city even just walk
● Commit to a 30-minute fitness class at least twice a week
● Rid the pantry of chips, cookies or any unhealthy snacks
● Commit to a meal plan with Jenny Craig until you hit your weight loss goal
● Support a healthy metabolism by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night
● Ditch the office break room at lunch and go for a 30-minute walk
● Watch your media content on a stationary bike instead of your couch
● Trade in your soda for tea, sparking water or water with a slice of cucumber or lemon
If you can put a gold star after accomplishing a goal just as you might have done as a kid, then you’ll know it’s measurable. And using a chart to track each goal with an accompanying gold star sticker pack isn’t such a bad idea!
Take it week-to-week
That long list of goals seems just as overwhelming as the resolution to “lose weight,” doesn’t it? Don’t worry–you don’t have to start doing everything tomorrow. Instead of fretting about changing bad habits to good ones overnight, spread your mini-resolutions throughout the year. For each week, assign a few goals, and by the time the next week rolls around, you’ll be ready to add a new goal, such as trying a new, non-starchy vegetable or testing out a new spice on your meal. Because you took baby steps and reached smaller, specific goals through the year, not only will you have lost weight, but you will look and feel your very best!
Because your mini-resolutions are measurable, it’s time to treat yourself. With all of those gold stars you’ve collected, set a non-food reward for the end of each month. Get a manicure in March, pick up new warm-weather workout gear in May, and splurge on a new pair of jeans in October, since we know you’ll be needing a smaller size!