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New Year, New You!

13 Jan

So the new year is nearly 2 weeks in and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to write a 2012 Resolutions blog. I’m swamped with work and life, so I’ll try to keep it short & sweet.  Every year millions of people make resolutions to lose weight, eat better, go to the gym more, blah blah blah and they do…for a while.  But then life gets in the way and your resolutions go out the window.  So to make a resolution stick you need to make them two things: specific and obtainable.  Let me give you a few examples:

Bad: I want to lose 50 lbs by summer
Why? 50 lbs is a lot of weight to lose and by bikini season? Forget it.  It will likely require a strict exercise routine and severely limiting your caloric intake.
Better: I am going to aim to lose 1.5 lbs per week until I reach my goal weight.
Why? Doctors recommend to aim to lose between 1-2 lbs per week for not only safety reasons, but you’re more likely to KEEP it off. This is a much more manageable resolution!

Bad: I am going to exercise more.
Why? It’s not specific enough. You’ll never stick with it
Better: I am going to get some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes and at least 4 times a week
Why? This is not only specific, but it’s also totally obtainable.

Bad: I’m going to eat better.
Why? Again not specific enough and how are you going to do it anyways? What is “better?”
Better: I’m going to try to sub one unhealthy snack for a healthy fruit or veggie snack every day.
Why? It gives you a measuring stick to see if you really are eating “better”.  And again, this goal is an obtainable one. It’s super easy to make that swap and you’ll feel so much better that you stuck with your resolution!

So like I said before, in order to reach that resolution it needs to be specific (so you can measure your success) and obtainable (spending 3 hrs in the gym 6 days a week, is NOT obtainable by most of us mere mortals!).  Remember that resolutions don’t have to be just fitness/food based, they can also be spiritual, mental or emotional!  While there is no concrete answer, remember that research suggests that it takes 21-28 days to form a habit, so stick with it!!!

Happy New Year everybody!  What are YOUR resolutions? Feel free to inspire others by posting yours below!

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