LSN’s Do’s and Don’ts of New Year’s Resolutions
Alright, it is New Year’s and I’m sure everyone is asking what your New Year’s Resolution is, or maybe you know of the statistic that only 8% of people who set resolutions actually reach them and you’re not even bothering because you don’t want to be that other 92% being left feeling like a bit of a failure??
So, am I saying not to make goals? Absolutely not. Instead, I am going to give some Do’s and Don’ts of New Year’s Resolutions to keep you from wasting your time with the gimmicks and make sure you are doing things that will create lasting, healthy habits that turn into BIG results!
1. DO NOT crash diet. I repeat, DO NOT crash diet.
A crash diet in my mind is something that is not maintainable. Something that you can only do for 6-8 weeks because it is so extreme that it is impossible to do long-term (i.e. extreme calorie deficits, detoxes – see next point, removing an entire food group, meal replacement shakes, etc.).
Most people can crash diet for 4-6 weeks, but the problem with crash diets is that they leave us feeling so deprived, that we struggle to stay motivated after this time-frame and then we tend to gain that weight right back.
2. DON’T Detox (Detox Naturally Instead)
Rather than doing a juice cleanse where you drink blended
celery and spinach for every meal for 3 days (which really doesn’t ‘cleanse’
much of anything at all), instead focus on things that can naturally
heal your gut and reset the body. These
*Eating a diet of whole, unprocessed foods. Nothing in packages, only foods that are fresh (or frozen like plain veggies or fruit). Include all food groups too – healthy proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
*Drinking LOTS of water. Minimum ½ your body-weight in ounces per day.
*Eat every 3-4 hours to make sure you are getting in adequate calories and not starving your body like many detoxes do.
*Try a greens powder, or work on getting in 3-4 cups of greens a day at meals to help with antioxidant intake.
3. DO Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals –
Make goals each week that are:
*Specific (I like the S to stand for SMALL too)
When we make goals like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to run more” – these are so non-specific that it is hard to really know if we achieved them or not! And we don’t have a timeline on them so we don’t really stay motivated to them. Pick things that are within your control! Some good examples are:
*I am going to eat 3 cups of vegetables every day this week.
*I am going to drink ½ my body-weight in ounces of water each day this week.
*I am going to be in bed by 9 pm every night this week.
4. DO Plan and Prepare –
I wish that I could say that we could all thrive by flying by the seat of our pants, but planning our meals and our weekly schedule leaves us much more likely to succeed than ‘hoping’ the conditions favor us.
It is very unlikely that all of the cards will fall into our lap perfectly. Instead, set yourself up for success! Meal prep your breakfasts and lunches for the week so you don’t have to hope that your office orders something healthy (I mean, has that ever even happened?), and prepare your breakfast the night before so you don’t run the risk of sleeping through your alarm.
If you need help with meal prep – look into our Meal Prep Seminar coming up on January 19th @ OCF!
5. DO Find Someone to Hold You Accountable and Support You
To be totally honest, most of us KNOW what to do. We know what foods are good for us, we know that we should get to the gym even when we have had a long day, and we know that we should be in bed early most of the time…BUT yet we all struggle to do this!
Having a coach hold you accountable, or having a workout buddy making sure you are getting into the gym can make all the difference!
There is a reason we co-exist in this world. We need each other to thrive people!
6. DON’T Give Up on a Bad Day –
I know that this isn’t so much a do or don’t, but this is something everyone needs to know, understand, and accept. There will be setbacks. There will be downs. There will be failures and that is OKAY. I wish that our goals were a path of least resistance, but that is just not the case. You will have a plateau, or you will give into temptation of food at your office, or you will possibly not see progress as fast as you think you should or want to. I promise that if you stay consistent with your efforts, if you work hard and give it everything you have, and if you push through the hard days – the work will pay off.