Knit Your New Year’s Resolutions Together
It’s a new year, and that means a New Year’s Resolution has probably crept its way into your mind, but recalling previous New Year’s Resolutions leaves you feeling disappointed. There may be some science behind that. It has been proven that goals are more likely achieved when they are action plans, rather than outcomes.
Changing your mindset on goal setting, can help you finally accomplish that goal you have been trying to reach. Maybe it’s packing healthier options when you are running around, choosing better choices when you and your kids run through the drive-thru line or fitting fitness in a few days a week. Whatever your goal, 2020 is the year to accomplish it and stick to it! Let’s knit together the right path to help you be successful!
- Focus on the progress instead of the result: Maybe your goal is to lose weight this year, but you have not put a plan behind it. This is a great goal to have, but let’s change the way you approach it. Instead of just focusing on eating less, try switching your goal to filling half of your lunch and dinner plate with vegetables and exercising three days a week. This will help you lose weight, but also gives you a plan on how to accomplish it! Turn your goals into actions.
- Measure it: Your goal needs to be concrete so that you can judge if you are accomplishing it. It can be about weight loss, sleeping more, being more positive, getting in more steps, etc. Whatever it is, there is a way to make it a tangible goal. For example, if your goal is to get more sleep, have your New Year’s Resolution be that you want to get in bed by 10:00 pm every night. Need to move more? Make the resolution to schedule three 10-minute walks on your phone each day so that it reminds you to get up and get moving.
- What you do every day matters more than what you do occasionally: There is a theory called “the compound effect” that says, “small seemingly insignificant things done consistently adds up to radical changes.” Don’t be afraid to set a challenging goal that you know you may slip up on occasionally. If you get off track with your goal, it’s okay, try again tomorrow. For instance, if breakfast ended up loaded with calories, you didn’t ruin the whole day! Make a lunch a better option and keep on trucking along! Then, work on consuming a more nutrient-rich breakfast the rest of the week.
- Track your progress: Have a goal where you can track improvements! It is very encouraging to see how far you have come. Keep notes in your phone, fitness tracker app, or journal! You can even make a calendar check list and post it on your refrigerator and bathroom mirror to keep you motivated and on track.
- Make it something you enjoy: If your goal is to eat healthier, don’t force yourself to eat foods you don’t like. Life is too short. Satisfy your hunger with the healthy foods you enjoy and gradually add in more each day. Try a few nutrient-rich swaps to cut back on calories and increase your nutrient-intake. Remember, you want to wake up excited to face and conquer your goal.
Set those goals, develop a road map on how to get there and watch yourself accomplish what you haven’t before.
-Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD