New Year, New You, No Waiting
Who says you need to wait until after New Year’s to make a resolution to be healthier?
Whether it’s a goal to lose weight or be more active, your moment is now — not January 1. Why? When you designate an official date to make a change it tends to create more emotional buildup to the big day than necessary.
Leave the stress behind and don’t wait. Make a conscious decision to do one thing different today to get you closer to your ultimate behavior change so it is accomplished (and sustained) a year from now.
A great example of taking action now, versus waiting until THE day, is adding color to meals and snacks with vegetables (including breakfast!).
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One key to achieving any resolution is setting modest, attainable goals as stepping stones to success. For example, want to lose 50 pounds? Ask yourself — How are you going to do it? More specifically, what actions will you take today to help get you there? Break down the bigger goal into smaller steps so you feel empowered to act now versus some far-off time in the future.
Strategies like adding more color to meals with vegetables, show that the steps to behavior change need not be large nor receive an official title. All you need is to take the first step, no matter how tiny.
Want to get started?
- Set a goal of what you want to accomplish and by when.
- Be realistic and fair with yourself.
- Map your success with small goals scattered throughout that are enjoyable to achieve. For example, if you aim to lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day, sign up for a day of pampering at the spa as a reward.
What do you think— Can you do this? Yes you can!