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HOW TO STICK TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS

13 January, 2016
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We’re in the second week of January & a lot of people made some resolution for this new year. But making resolutions are so much easier than actually motivate & live up to them.
That’s why I’m sharing you some tips & tricks about how to stick to them:

MAKE THEM CONCRETE
Most of the time resolutions are quite vague. Of course ‘living more healthy’ is a good resolution, but how are you going to do it?
Make a plan for each resolution you’ve got.

As example: I want to eat healthy snacks during the day in stead of chocolate & cookies. I got a weakness for chocolate so when I’m going to the super market I’m tempted to buy a chocolate bar or something else less healthy. What am I going to do about it?
1. Not going to the super market when I’m hungry & buying fruit in stead of chocolate
2. Doing some research on the internet about healthy but delicious snacks & try them
And so on.. How more concrete your resolutions are, how easier to stick to them.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE ABLE TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF
Most important question: Do you really want to go for it? Or is it someone else who wants that you’re getting fit, loosing weight etc. Many times people make resolutions actually for someone else and not for their own. If your boyfriend wants you to be more fit, but you actually really don’t like to go to the gym, it’s not going to work. So ask yourself: Did I really made this resolution for myself & am I able to motivate myself?

SHARE YOUR RESOLUTIONS WITH A FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER
If you share your resolutions with a good friend of family member they’re able to help you stay motivated. So ask them to be strict with you. Even if there’s such a good movie on television they’ll tell you you really have to work on your resolutions.

REPEAT
The first two weeks of January are done. How is it going with your resolutions?
Probably it’s quite hard to add the resolutions into your regular life. They should become an habit, but it’s not easy. They say it takes 3 – 6 weeks before we’re able to have a new habit & stick to it, so repeat, repeat, repeat! First couple of weeks are hard, but you’re almost there!

WHAT ARE YOUR PITFALLS?
One of my resolutions is: 100 squats every other day. I’ve to say it’s quite difficult since I’m working a lot, so I’m standing up early, being at home around 7pm, and then many times I’m eating with some friends, going to birthdays and so on. I decided to do my squat work outs during the evenings, but it’s hard since there’s almost always something to do. So yes, that’s definitely a pitfall, but I need to fix it.
Rule #1 for having pitfalls: Make a ‘what-if’ plan.
Example: What if I didn’t have the time to do my squats last night? Then I need to do them the next morning.

REVIEW YOUR PROGRESS EVERY MONTH
Stay focused and motivated by reviewing your progress. Make sure you’ve written your resolutions down & check if there’s anything changed every month.
Are you getting more fit & eating more healthy already? Did it become easier to go to the gym? Or did you shop less & only bought items you really needed? Write down what your progress was from last month so you can see the new progression next month.

CELEBRATE
Celebrate the progress & pamper yourself a little bit. Make some rules like: When I went 3 times a week to the gym for 2 months I treat myself to that amazing bag or pair of shoes that’s on my wishlist.

Good luck, you can do it!

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