Three months later, you still haven’t managed to stick to your new year’s resolutions. Or worse, you still haven’t gotten around to actually making resolutions. Here’s the good news: It’s never too late.
You can still set them and stick with them to the end of the year. With summer almost here, you may hesitate towards setting them. Granted, summertime is often characterized by cookouts, events and parties. Such social events are often filled with calorie filled foods and can put off track.
However, this is not always the case. It all depends on how you create and set your resolutions or goals. In this instance, tailor them in a way that can help you work around the summer time.
Here are a few tips that can help you set realistic resolutions, even with summer coming up.
Whenever we feel motivated to do something, we tend to exaggerate on what we can achieve. Granted, feeling motivated to work out and eat healthily is good. Yet, we need to keep our feet on the ground while setting goals.
If you’ve been out of the gym for months, then start slow. Set goals that you are sure you can keep. Additionally, set them around a certain time limit. In other words, start slow, but ensure that you progress over time.
Never stay stagnant, but keep moving forward. Progression is a major key to weight loss, fitness and wellness.
Ensure That Your Goals Are Measurable
Other than being realistic, ensure that your goals are measurable. This allows you to track your progress. In other words, you get to know whether or not you are making any progress at all.
You can do this by having a plan in place. For example, in one month you plan on losing a certain amount of weight. Once, you’ve met it, create a new plan. The more you achieve, the more you get motivated to continue working towards your goals.
Eating healthier and exercising more requires prior preparation. Throw out any junk food that you might have in the house, and stock up on healthier options. Buy more fruits and vegetables, and lean meats such as fish.
This will help you stick to your new diet. Also, prepare yourself mentally by writing your goals and plans down. You can also draw them up in the form of charts and stick them up in your bedroom.
Ask For Help
Never be afraid to ask for help and support from friends and family. They can help by ensuring that they prepare healthier meals. Also, they can help by cutting down on the number of times they eat out.
You can also get a workout buddy who can help keep you in check. It’s easy to lose motivation along the way. Hence, trying to achieve certain goals with somebody by your side, can make it easier.
Be Easy On Your Self
Whether or not you’ve met these months goals, you should keep pressing forward. Do not be too hard on yourself if you slip- up or fall back. Use this as motivation to keep at it.
Also, don’t get discouraged if you notice that the weighing scale isn’t reflecting any lost weight. Sometimes you can lose weight, but it won’t reflect on the scale. This can largely be due to the accumulation of lean muscle, which is good.