So you made a grand resolve this year to stop eating candy, stop drinking soda, go paleo, be gluten free etc. Whatever it may be we are coming up on the two-week mark of said resolutions and this is right about the time where you will start to hit your breaking point. The first few days were solid, possibly because you gorged yourself on all forbidden items on the days leading up to January 1st, nevertheless you kept clean. You reach week 1 and you’re feeling good, by now you’ve been tempted and have proudly denied those sweet and salty treats. But, by days 10, 11 and 12 your body has realized that this is no temporary thing. You start to detox from the sugar, the salt, the gluten and you no longer feel great. No, you feel terrible. You’re tired, moody and hungry. It is in these critical days that you make the hardest decision. Do you stick to your guns and hold out? Or do you cave and run to your nearest grocery store and devour treats while sitting in your car in the parking lot?
Hang in there my friend! Check out these five tips to help you stick to your resolutions and reach your goals.
1. Reassess your resolution. Why did you make it? Did you make it for yourself or for someone else? Did you feel pressured to make a resolution just because it was a new year? Make sure it is something you want for YOU. You will be more inclined to stick to it when you make it known to yourself that this if for you, the betterment of you, and for the healthier happier you. Once you have determined the answers to these questions sit down and write your resolution and below it write three reasons why you made it. Then pin it to your refrigerator, or put in your purse or gym bag. Each time you see it, it will serve as a small re-motivational tool.
2. Tell your family and close friends about your resolution. Telling those close to you about your new years resolution does two things. The first is that it creates accountability. Second, it helps you create a support system. There is going to come a time when all you want in the world is a dinner roll or a piece of chocolate and it is at this time that you need someone to both smack it out of your hand and then give you a hug because it really is going to be okay. And yes, you will survive.
3. Get all forbidden items out of your house. Until you develop willpower of steel all things that will tempt you off your straight and narrow path, need to be removed from the house. But what about your spouse and kids you ask? Two ways to approach this. The first, if your resolution was to stop eating junk food and as a result you remove all cookies and candies from the house this is not only better for you but its also better for your entire family. Perhaps a family meeting is in order where you can discuss your goals, the importance of them to you, and serve as a time where you can ask your family for their support. If your family chooses not to go through this with you at least ask them to hide it or put it somewhere you will not see every day- out of sight, out of mind.
4. Be prepared. Pack your lunch, take healthy snacks wherever you go, prepare meals ahead of time. You don’t want to be caught hungry with nothing to eat inside the office kitchen with Johnny’s surprise birthday cake sitting on the table.
5. Drink water, lots and lots of water. Yes, thirst can commonly be confused for hunger. Staying hydrated may help you keep those cravings at bay. Also, if you do not drink enough water you are likely to fatigue a lot faster when working out. Poorly hydrated muscle cells do not perform as well, fatigue faster, cramp and spasm.
Alas, my friends I leave you with this sentiment. Whatever it is that you decided to change this year remember that it is a change you chose to be healthier. You do not want another year to go by just to make the same resolution next January, hoping next time will be better. No, make it now. Make the choices now. You choose what you do, what you eat, and how you live-not your friends, not your family, not your trainer. You are doing this for YOU.