Happy 2020! It’s an exciting time as the New Year is always a fresh start, which is why many of us make a few resolutions. But how many of your past resolutions have you actually achieved? Statistics show that most people abandon their resolutions a few weeks in, or never actually get started. Whether you’ve started or not here is how to stick to your goals for the year to come.
Many of us set the same generic resolutions each year. This often includes losing weight, exercising more, eating cleaner, getting out of debt, saving more money, making more me time, and falling in love. While these are all admirable goals, we must avoid the temptation of setting these generic goals—and focus on personalizing our resolutions instead.
One way to personalize your resolutions is to be specific and detailed about each goal. Instead of just stating that you want to eat cleaner define what that looks like. This might mean switching to organic produce, eliminating processed snacks, and only eating ancient grains when you eat grains. This gives you something actionable to work towards. Not all resolutions have to be 100%, so with this example you may still treat yourself to your favorite snack once a month. Also, every resolution should have an end goal. For example, if your goal is to save money this year, set a clear dollar amount per month, as well as how much you want to have saved by the end of the year.
Another way to make your resolutions stick is to have measurable milestones to help stay on track. Sticking with the scenario of eating cleaner, you might start working with a nutrition consultant this month. In February you could start doing Meatless Mondays. In the spring you could sign up for a farm share. During the summer you could take a few cooking classes. These goals aren’t just measurable, but they give you a sense of accomplishment along the way, as well as something to return to if you get off track.
Another common reason we abandon New Year’s resolutions or year-round goals, is that we beat ourselves up too much when we miss the mark and give up altogether. While we must be accountable, we must not let one bad day or week result in throwing in the towel. For example, if you have a vacation scheduled in February and don’t eat clean that week—don’t stress about it. In fact, a vacation, birthday, or holiday is the time to splurge. If not all day while on vacation, at least alter your goal to one or two healthy meals a day and one meal that you indulge. Or eat whatever you want on your birthday and get back to your normal routine the next day. It’s all about balance.
We are all a work in progress. Here’s to taking your life to the next level in 2020!
If your 2020 resolutions include personalizing your nutrition, we invite you to reach out to PNC today. A personalized approach is the best way to finally achieve your health and weight loss goals. Unlike fad diets, you won’t feel deprived, will feel full, and your meals will be delicious and nutritious!