Every year towards the end of December, most people find themselves listing down resolutions that they vow to accomplish for the New Year. Sadly however, they often find themselves unable to sustain whatever steps they have started. Usually, they are good for the first couple of weeks but the enthusiasm easily dies down and soon, they are back to zero.
One of the most common things included in one’s list of resolutions is to have healthy change in lifestyle. Not to be missed from these healthy resolutions are promises or resolves such as: to quit smoking, to lose weight, to shape up, to eat more healthy foods and to exercise regularly. At first glance, it all looks enticing and promising. But as to how long a person can hold on to these adjustments remains to be one big question.
You can be successful with your Healthy New Year’s resolutions if you don’t push yourself too much to it. Don’t anticipate miracles. Change needs time, patience and perseverance on your part.
First of all, identify what you need to change in you. Are you overweight? Are you suffering, or at risk with diabetes? Do you wish to stop smoking for good?
After you have identified your problems, try to set goals that are realistic. Only those that are achievable should be written in your list of resolutions. For instance, if you are weighing 220 pounds now with your 5-foot frame, don’t dream of wearing a skimpy bikini by summer. If you set an unrealistic target, you will grow impatient fast and soon you will be going back to your old eating habits by binging again on fattening foods. Therefore it is best that you make a step-by-step frame towards your ambition. Let’s say, work on losing an initial 10 lbs on the first two months. If you succeed, lay down another 10 lbs. for the next couple of months, and so on.
If you feel you are lagging behind or starting to slip back to your old habits, such as desperately craving for a smoke after not having a single stick of cigarette for almost two weeks, never give in. Once you light even just one cigarette, the habit will be back and it will be harder to break this time.
In many cases, it helps to have an adviser or a counselor to help you carry on with your resolutions. If you have someone beside you to check on your progress and monitor the danger level of your sliding back, you will constantly get a nudge or tap on your shoulder that will instantly bring you back to the right track. This person does not need to be a psychiatrist or psychologist or any professional assistant for that matter. It could be your wife, your husband, your son or daughter, your mother or your best friend. What’s important is that someone out there is ready to hold you back when you are slipping off again.