How are your New Year’s resolutions going?

Posted by Maria Lennartz on Saturday, January 5, 2019


If your plans for a new you have started to go off the rails already, you’re not alone. While up to 90 per cent of Australians welcome the new year with resolutions — whether it’s to lose weight, drink less, eat better or take up a new hobby — 
just 8 per cent of us actually stick to them.

Towards the end of January, the overwhelming majority of us have either abandoned our New Year’s Eve promises, or are in the process of doing so.  

When it comes to goal-setting, the brain is the most important muscle we have. Learning to tap into the brain and use it to our benefit, rather than having to rely on willpower and self-discipline alone, is the key to reaching our goals.

 

START SHARING

If you want to change any type of behaviour, you need to be held accountable — and not just to yourself.

Because let’s be honest, if nobody is watching you, you’re far more likely to reach for the smokes, ditch the gym or tuck into that chocolate biscuit. But once your goals are shared in public — whether it’s with your mates, your family or your colleagues — it becomes real.

It’s called social expectation and some studies find your chances of success increasing by up to 65 per cent.
So I am sharing my weeks goal with you simply to keep a food diary for 7 days lets see how I go :)

The power of social support can be monumental. So get sharing.

 

There are goals, and then there are SMART goals — and the latter have a much better chance of becoming reality.

Promising yourself you’ll go from having occasionally walked past a gym to an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting within six months is never going to happen. But setting a goal of losing 5kg over 12 weeks is a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound resolution, and so one you are far more likely to achieve.

EMBRACE THE ‘WHY’

There is a reason sticking to these resolutions is so hard, and that’s because it feels so much better to ignore them. In the early stages, exercise doesn’t feel good, skipping the chocolate cake is no fun, and throwing away the cigarettes is hard.

But you can reframe that decision to focus less on what you’re missing out on, and more on what you’re gaining in return. In other words, embrace the “why”.

Why do you want to make these changes? Is it to look better? Live longer? Save money? Have more energy? Whatever the reason, make that the focus and you’ll feel the positives over the negatives.

For me, health and fitness is about being able to do the things I like walking, travel, getting out and about...That’s my “why”. The question is, what’s yours?


Give it your best shot and let us know how you go.
Remember we are here to help so don't hesitate to check in with us and ask how we can help:)
Maria 


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