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I have New Years resolutions for losing weight and being more active. I'm not even 2 weeks into it and already losing my drive. Are there any tips for sticking with it once and for all?

Asked 1/13/2021 18:15 by Jason Hill
Barb Mager

Barb Mager

Answered 1/13/2021 18:16

A resolution is like a wish. It comes from a hopeful place. However, for a resolution to have impact, we need to do more than just wish. Try these 5 steps and make 2021 the year that makes the difference. Step 1: Ask yourself questions. Why do I want this? What is so important that I want to resolve this problem? What is it about this resolution that connects with my core values? How will life be better if my wish comes true? Go back to these answers when you feel stuck. They will help you remember why you wanted to do this in the first place. Step 2: Start “chunking.” Go at this realistically. What is one action that you can take toward the resolution? Be specific, start small, and give yourself a deadline. Step 3: Share your plan. A funny thing happens when we say things aloud; they become more real. When we share our plan, we begin to create a community, which can build up our confidence. We may even find people that want to help make your wishes come true. Step 4: Measure your results. Write it down. Put it in your planner, your calendar, or on a scrap of paper attached to the bathroom mirror. What matters most is keeping track of this effort. When the deadline arrives, check in, reassess, and move on. Step 5: Celebrate the win. Each step is a guide. A step backward can have more to teach you than a step forward—if you are willing to stay on the path. Keep moving; take another chunk, another step – even if it is a baby step, and keep asking WHY. A health & wellness coach can be that person who listens, understands your wishes, and keeps you in the driver’s seat to achieve them.

Elizabeth Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman

Answered 1/14/2021 14:55

Congratulations on your commitment to being healthier. There are a few different things that you can do to keep your resolution. First, understand that the way you think about your resolution could be the culprit here. You don’t HAVE TO go from zero to active & on plan in January. I like to suggest that my clients ease into weight loss. Start with the low hanging fruit - what’s the easiest change that you can make? What’s ONE THING that you can do to improve your health? Maybe it’s eat an extra serving of vegetables, or go for a walk, or even go to bed on time. Do that. Commit to that one small thing. Eventually it will get easier & you’ll add the next thing. And slowly, over the course of the next few weeks & months, you’ll have changed your habits enough to make a difference. Often, we underestimate how little it takes to make an impact on our weight & we go all out & change a bunch of things that feel really super uncomfortable & we want to give up. That being said, when we start NYRs, I think we believe that we’re always going to be motivated to do the work. Motivation is a feeling that can’t be counted on to be around 24/7. There’s always going to be a day when we wake up & get on the scale & our brains are going to offer us the thought, “this isn’t working” or “this is hard” when we believe those thoughts, we feel discouraged & want to give up (probably where you are right now). If you can find small victories - proof that ‘it’ is working, it can help you to stay motivated. I tell my clients that they need to TALK to themselves more than they LISTEN to themselves. Eventually, as you keep commitments to yourself to do the things that you have made, you will build discipline which will carry over to every other area of your life. Good luck!! You’ve got this.

Jessica Ludwig

Jessica Ludwig

Answered 1/15/2021 19:23

Barb gave some really great tips! I would suggest, stepping back and taking a look at the lens you are looking at this through. Why is it that you have to set a news year resolution? Each day is an opportunity to take one small step toward a healthier life. I personally feel that New Years Resolutions hold too much power and make us feel pressured. We need to throw the idea of perfection at the window and start small. As Barb mentioned, write down the intentions/goals that you would like to set. Then write down some small action steps to help get you started on this journey. Also write down some things that you may feel would get in your way or reasons why you weren't able to accomplish these goals in the past. Sometimes seeing those barriers written out in front of us help us to achieve them from a different angle.

Jessica Ludwig

Jessica Ludwig

Answered 1/15/2021 19:24

Elizabeth gave really excellent tips also! I didn't see her response at first.

Barb Mager

Barb Mager

Answered 1/21/2021 04:02

A resolution is like a wish. It comes from a hopeful place. However, for a resolution to have impact, we need to do more than just wish. Try these 5 steps and make today the first day of your best ever new year. Step 1: Ask yourself questions. Why do I want this? What is so important that I want to resolve this problem? What is it about this resolution that connects with my core values? How will life be better if my wish comes true? Go back to these answers when you feel stuck. They will help you remember why you wanted to do this in the first place. Step 2: Start “chunking.” Go at this realistically. What is one action that you can take toward the resolution? Be specific, start small, and give yourself a deadline. Step 3: Share your plan. A funny thing happens when we say things aloud; they become more real. When we share our plan, we begin to create a community, which can build up our confidence. We may even find people that want to help make your wishes come true. Step 4: Measure your results. Write it down. Put it in your planner, your calendar, or on a scrap of paper attached to the bathroom mirror. What matters most is keeping track of this effort. When the deadline arrives, check in, reassess, and move on. Step 5: Celebrate the win. Each step is a guide. A step backward can have more to teach you than a step forward—if you are willing to stay on the path. Keep moving; take another chunk, another step – even if it is a baby step, and keep asking WHY. Find a health & wellness coach to be that person who listens, understands your wishes, and keeps you in the driver’s seat to achieve them.

Stephanie Lewis

Stephanie Lewis

Answered 1/21/2021 11:49

You are in good company. Change is never a straight path. Here are a few tips: 1. Do not let setbacks discourage you. You don't have to blame yourself for setbacks. It won't be the last one. It's a natural part of the journey and can be a source of learning and development of strength in and of itself. Use any setbacks as a learning experience. 2. Look at what motivated you in the first place. Reflect on your reasons for setting the goal and the difference it will make in your life. 3. Assess and adjust your goals. Maybe you fell off (or are on the verge of falling off) track because your goals were unrealistic. Break it down into bite-size steps towards reaching your goal. Setting certain realistic milestones in your journey helps you along the way, builds confidence, and gives you natural stopping points to reflect on what you’ve learned and accomplished, and where you need to make adjustments. Decide if you need some support to help you get back on track or maintain progress. This is an important part of the coaching process. 4. Give yourself a pat on the back when you reach each milestone. Don't wait until you reach your mega-goal to reward yourself. It's a great motivator to give yourself permission to feel good about yourself along the way. 5. Slow down. Don't rush the process. Take it step by step and let each milestone integrate into your daily routine. I hope these tips help!