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Why New Year resolutions don’t work

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It’s that time of the year when we start thinking about New Year Resolutions. But why is it that we rarely ever stick to them?

According to reports, 80% of New Year resolutions fail. That’s a huge amount! And as per The Independent, we often start lacking motivation and giving up our plans by January 12th. There’s even a day for it; Quitters Day!

So if there’s any reason not to set a New Year’s Resolution, it’s this!

 

But what should you do instead? 

 

One of the popular things to do is have a Word of the Year. This is something I’m trying out going into 2023, and it can be anything. Popular words are Courage, Strong, and Disciplined, but it can be anything that resonates with you.

Another reason a resolution can be a bad idea is that it means you feel like there is something that needs to be fixed, and that can cause a lot of negativity. So why not switch it up to something more positive and set an intention instead?

Something you want to achieve and the action steps you can take towards it.

 

writing in a notepad with a croissant and coffee

 

Here are some tips on staying motivated with your action steps towards your intention.

 

Patience

Don’t underestimate slow progress. We live in a world where we expect everything now. Whether that’s a parcel being delivered or weight to drop off. You know that feeling where all you’ve done for a week is lick lettuce leaves and you expect to have reached your ideal weight? The slower the progress the more likely it is that you’ll be able to keep the weight off and stick to your new habits.

 

Baby steps

Tying in with patience is baby steps. Try doing one new thing at a time. Doing too much in one go can be overwhelming and that’s often why we can’t stick to things. Having a number of goals is great, but taking it one step at a time means you’re more likely to stick to them.

 

Attach it

When you’re trying to make healthy changes try not to think about what you don’t want to do, but what you do want to do. So if you wanted to drink more water, try and attach it to something you already do. Could you drink a glass of water before you have your morning coffee? Could you add a vegetable to every meal?

 

It’s all about you

Do what works for you. Everybody is different, and everybody has different things going on in their life. So just because doing Yoga and eating a plant-based diet works for Mary down the street, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Find what lights you up. What creates a balanced life for you?

 

Break it down

When you look at your overall intention, break it down into smaller more measurable goals. So for example, if your intention is to lose weight, how much do you want to lose? Then think about what steps could you take each day, week, and month that take you towards that goal. Could you move daily, swap your daily sweet snack for a piece of fruit, eat more vegetables, etc? Then how would you measure it, by the way, it makes you feel? or physically, like if you were losing 1-2lbs a week (which is the NHS recommended amount).

 

This year instead of setting a resolution to fix something that you think needs fixing, try setting an intention of what you want, then breaking it down into smaller more measurable goals. 

And know that everybody is different and you will find a way that works for you. Motivation comes from dedication and commitment, which is why it’s important to find something that brings YOU joy.

 

I love helping people find a balance in their lives through movement and eating real food – that tastes good!

If you want to kick start some new habits in the new year, check out my New Year, New Beginnings 7-day challenge, Where I’ll share small daily habits and workouts to get started on creating a healthier lifestyle, with added accountability from me!

 

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