What better version of yourself do you plan for the New Year?
Whatever you resolve is great, but beware that by the 2nd week of February, 80% of all resolutions go out the window! (Not yours!!)
Follow these 8 steps to help you stick to your resolutions:
- Own it. What specific area of your life are you interested in improving? Write it down. Post it where you see it every day. Say it out loud.
- Identify specific goals necessary to achieve your resolution. If you want to save money, how much do you want to save per month? If you want to exercise more, how many days per week do you want to exercise? Write it down.
- Scale it. Choose a goal that is achievable and break it down into smaller incremental targets. You can always adjust as you make progress. In fact, studies show smaller achievable goals produce greater results, thus providing continuing motivation.
- Plan it. How are you going to achieve your plan? What tools can help you? Be specific: plan your meals, calendar your exercise, set up auto deduction from your paycheck, etc. Do your research. Once again, write this down.
- Line up your support team. Working out with a buddy keeps you on track. Same goes for weight loss. If you want to spend more time with family, make sure your partner knows so everyone is on the same page. Plus, it’s more fun to do these things with others. You can even utilize online resources such as our partner BurnAlong to workout with your faraway friends.
- Love yourself. It’s not about what other people think. All that matters is how you feel about yourself and your achievements. Many people get in their own way by allowing self-doubt. You have a goal, a plan and a team. This is yours!
- Reward yourself. When you plan your goals, plan a reward for when you hit a certain achievement. For example, when you hit your monthly exercise goal, treat yourself to a pedicure or a new pair of workout leggings. You will feel energized and motivated to continue.
- Share with others. Feeling great about your recent weight loss? Help out a struggling friend by sharing easy and tasty lower calorie recipes. Better yet, get together to make a few of the dishes. Helping others has long term happiness benefits.
We hope DinnerTime helps you achieve some of your New Year’s resolutions — eating healthier, losing weight, saving money, spending more time with family, learning how to cook, or getting your pantry organized. Saving money at the grocery store, eating healthier meals more nights a week and finding more time to spend with friends and family are all part of our mission.