9 Tips for Reaching Healthy Resolutions in 2009!

January 6, 2009

2009-print-preview-blogIt’s a new year! If you are like millions of other people, you have made at least one resolution for self-improvement this year. It may even have to do with losing weight or eating better (since these are among the top new years resolutions). While most people have good intentions at the start, within weeks or months, their ammunition is diminished and they’re back to their old ways.

No one ever said change is easy, but, perhaps a few of my tips will help you to reach your nutrition goals and help you to become a healthier person by the end of 2009!

1. Only choose 1 or 2 things to change. Oftentimes, changing too many things at once, is completely overwhelming and sets you up for failure.

2. Be sure to choose something that is meaningful to you. Just because you know you should eat more vegetables,smileyfaceplate does not necessarily mean that it’s important that to you that you do it. But, if you believe that losing 10 pounds will make you feel better about yourself, then you will more likely succeed.

3. Choose realistic goals. If you plan to lose 50 pounds in three months, you will likely be disappointed and frustrated because you aimed too high. Try setting smaller goals, such as losing 4-8 pounds per month.

4. Announce your goals. When you tell others about your goals, you are more likely to succeed because others can help keep you accountable.

5. Write it down on paper. Seeing your goals written on paper can help solidify them and reinforce your commitment.writinggoals Also try posting them in highly visible places for daily reminders.

6. Visualize yourself doing the behavior and what it will feel like for you to attain your goal. For example, if your goal is to eat out less often in order to lose 20 pounds, imagine what and where you will be eating instead of eating out. Also, imagine yourself at 20 pounds less- think about how you would look and feel.

7. Troubleshoot. While imagining yourself modifying your behavior, think about challenges that may come up for you that might steer you away from your behavior. Come up with some solutions for possible challenges. For example, if you’re trying to eat out less often, come up with a response to give your coworkers when they ask you to go out to eat with them for lunch.

popcorn-and-tickets-revised8. Reward yourself! Changing your behavior and putting effort toward self-improvement is not an easy task. Make sure to reward yourself along the way for your hard work. Choose a reward that motivates you. For example, if you love to go to the movies, but, never have time to go, then, treat yourself to a movie each time you reach a certain goal.

9. Don’t stress if you mess up! This is SO important. Oftentimes, I hear clients say they “cheated” or “went off track” and then, “Well, it was all over after that!” It’s important to remember we’re all human and we make mistakes. No one is asking for perfection! So, don’t be hard on yourself if you go back to your old ways for a day or two. The key is being gentle with yourself and knowing how to pick yourself back up to get you where you want to be. It just takes practice! 



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