Are you already feeling stressed out about blowing your New Years resolution to lose weight, start exercising or quit smoking? By now, most of us have made a few New Year’s resolutions for 2012 and most of us have included at least one of these top three. Research shows that over time a majority of us will fail in maintaining resolutions. Here are some stats compiled by Serge Prengel, a licenced mental health counselor in New York City. Seventy five percent of us will be able to maintain our resolutions past the first week, by week two it’s down to 71%. After one month the percent has dropped to 64% and by six months the number has taken a nosedive to 46%. I guess we have a right to feel a little stressed out!
One of the best tips I can give you as an on-line fitness coach is to take some steps to hold yourself accountable to your resolutions. If you really want to achieve them, do some planning to set yourself up for success.
Set specific goals that can be reached realistically. Here’s some examples: “During the next 90 days I will exercise 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week” or “Jan 9 is my quit date for smoking. By that date, I will have all tobacco products out of my house.” or “Starting the Tuesday after New Years day, I will limit my diet to mainly lean meats, whole grains and fruits and veggies.”
Track your progress. Keep a food journal. Write down what you did for your workout each day. Keep track of how many days you have been a non-smoker and record the health benefits you are noticing.
Get an accountability partner. This is so important, I can’t emphasize it enough! Tell someone what your resolution is and what your specific goals are. Ask them to check on you periodically to see how you are doing. It’s A LOT harder to give up completely if you are going to have to admit that to someone else.
Beacause I think your health is the most important possession you have. I am volunteering to be your accountability partner to start exercising or to lose weight. E-mail me for details on joining a small (5 or 6 member) 30 day challenge group, or on making me your e-mail or text accountability buddy.
Happy 2012! YOU can be in that 46% that keep their resolutions! Here’s some links to get you started.