Have you stuck to your New Year’s Resolution?
Do you even remember what it was? 😉 If your good intentions to eat right and exercise more in 2013 have strayed off course, I have a few secrets to share that might get you back on track.
Even though Moms these days are bombarded with the message of how important it is to take time for yourself, if you are anything like me, this time is hard to find!
There are 2 things I have found to work for sticking to a resolution (or anything for that matter): accountability and planning.
Being the time of year that it is, I have been doing some reading up on goal setting and how to achieve them. A few key points the experts agree on:
- Goal setting is good!
- Everything I have read suggests that you take pen to paper and WRITE down your goal.
- Then let the planning begin!
Example: Lose 5 pounds by March.
What needs to happen for you to be 5 pounds lighter in March? Experts say… WRITE down all of these in-between steps.
Example: 3,500 calories = 1 pound. Burn 250 more calories per day and eat 250 less calories per day each week for the next 5 weeks. Burn calories by walking 30 minutes every day. Eat less calories by giving up wine on week nights. OY!
Personally, I have found this next step crucial for me: Schedule it! Put these workouts or healthy food shopping & cooking or whatever it may be into your calendar.
The advice above might be all that you need to make serious progress on achieving the goals you set. However, if you need a little extra boost to get going this is where accountability comes in.
If it is not enough for you to be the only one who knows that you let yourself off the hook for doing the workout or whatever you planned for yourself but didn’t do, find someone else to answer to! This is as easy as making plans with a friend (who’s time you respect, who does not cancel plans with you, and who you would feel bad canceling on…choose wisely!)
Some other ways to be accountable to someone are: booking sessions with a personal trainer or fitness instructor of some kind and pay them for a package of classes in advance, or sign up for a class that you have been wanting to take, also good to do with a friend! Another thing that works for me is to schedule milestones, like running in a 5k, to give you something to keep working towards.
Last… if all else fails… check out the Fitbit! I purchased one around Thanksgiving last year and it is AMAZING what you can do with this tiny device!
I own the Fitbit “One” in case you wondered… and I recommend it! This device tracks steps, stairs and sleep and wirelessly sinks to your computer or iPhone. Enter in your meals set fitness goals and see your progress in real time. The best part is, the Fitbit comes with a community! You can see how you measure up to other people in your age range, in your zip code or start your own group.
Within the first day of wearing my Fitbit, I became much more conscious of my activity and eating habits and have made small, but significant “better” choices because of this. I love this constant reminder of my goals, and the fact that I am able to “do it” (take the stairs a few more times, walk a little farther, etc.) on my own time throughout the day. Definitely worth checking out!
Best of luck, and if you fall of the New Years Resolution Wagon, no worries…it’s not too late to get back on.
Helpful Tip from Name Bubbles: Fitbit is a favorite here at The Bubble Factory, complete with two generations of the One in one office! Be sure to label your Fitbit with a Bitty Label or Tag Label, the perfect size to keep it coming home if it happens to fall off your hip!