Happy New Year! With the new year comes new year resolutions (unless you've already given up making them that is). I think this can be great as a kickstart to making some positive changes in our lives but the problem is we often over estimate what we are going to change which ultimately sets us up for failure. According to statistics only 8% of people keep their resolutions long term.
Make this year different and follow my top tips for making and keeping your resolutions in 2020.
1. Don't try to make too many changes at once, set small achievable goals and build on them once they become a habit. Trying to do everything at once is too overwhelming and much less achievable.
2. If you slip up e.g. have a couple of biscuits when you are trying to change your diet, just draw a line under it and then get back on track straight away rather than thinking 'f@@k it' and going on a massive binge (I do this all the time so I know the thought process here!).
3. Don't try and be perfect, if you are making changes to your diet then don't deprive yourself from everything you enjoy eating. Instead you could cut down the quantity of foods you know aren't that good for you or eating more vegetables with every meal.
4. Start slowly. If you goal is to exercise more, rather than try to go to the gym 5 times per week, start with the goal of once or twice and go more if you can.
5. If you are trying to create a new behaviour, make it as easy as possible. For example, if it is to go to the gym, put your gym kit out ready for the next day, pick a gym on your way to or from work. The easier a behaviour is to do, the more likely you will be to stick to it.
6. If you are trying to give something up, make that behaviour as hard to do as possible. For example, don't have snack food in the house.
7. Write down all the things achieving your goals will give you, when you want to quit come back to the list for some extra motivation.
8. Do it with someone else, make a pact with a friend that has the same goal so you can keep each other on track.
9. Don't give up, if you don't manage to keep on track initially, keep trying and you will be closer to where you want to be than if you gave up completely.
10. Using tracking apps to keep accountable. If it is diet or fitness related you can use My Fitness Pal or Fit Bit. It's great to see your progress over time and when you are forced to write down your food and exercise it makes you much more aware of what you are really eating and how much you are exercising.
I hope this helps you to stick to your resolutions this year and be in the 8%!