If you think about starting the new year and making resolutions which can range from diet to lose weight, give up smoking, save money or whatever they may be. I sure within the first couple of months you break the resolutions and end up back to square 1.
Well I have a slightly different way to think about setting goals for the new year and actually sticking to them.
What I do is that I don’t actually start any new years resolutions until the end of February, you may be thinking, “well that’s a month lost”, actually no not really. As most people stick to these resolutions for a few months, actually not starting it until the end of the first month makes sense for a number of reasons, which I want to point out.
Taking up the gym – loads of people will take up going to the gym for the new year, people want to get fit and lose weight, so the gyms are usually mental busy, especially at the time that I want to go. So starting later in the month means that the people who had the good intensions at the start of the month, but now lost the motivation, they will no longer be at the gym, meaning not as busy, so it makes for a nicer environment.
Eating healthier – if you end up buying half of a supermarket and have loads of the bad foods left, well they need to be gone and there is no point is wasting the food. Check out my post about Chocolate for Cash. You can start making some changes here, so when you go to do a shop, don’t buy any bad foods.
Another way to get eating healthier is by meal planning. Meal planning can seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are my steps to successful meal planning. By meal planning, you will find that you will only buy what you need, so in the long run, you should save yourself some money all the while, eating healthier.
Once huge mistake that most people do is by making loads of changes all at once, this only makes things worse in the long run. A perfect example would be giving up smoking and giving up coffee at the same time, both not great for you, but stopping 2 addictions at once is never good, the body will react badly and you will normally fail. So stop smoking and cut down coffee, then once you’re done and stopped with smoking, the coffee will be a hell of a lot easier to stop too. By making simple small changes, it means that you are more likely to keep on doing the resolution and sticking to it, meaning that you don’t give us and hopefully will achieve your goal.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research into habits and getting into new ones, did you know it takes 66 days to form a habit? That mean’s bad habits can be broken, new habits can be formed, but remeber to only make small changes and not loads all the same time.
So what are my goals for 2018?
This has been a massive challenge, I wanted to think of a few good things that I want to achieve during 2018.
So here are my goals:
- Lose weight – set mini goals and not one huge end point – monthly targets
- Eat healthier – make more healthy food ~ I follow the Slimming World healthy eating plan
- Get fit – going to the gym, have bought my membership
- Save money – not setting a goal, just saving for a rainy day.
- Move house – want to move to a bigger place, started looking already.
What I will do is put a post up in a couple of months and let you know how I am doing on my goals and if I am still doing them or have I fallen and given up with some.
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