It may seem daunting when your New Years Resolutions list is as long as there are days in the month. Shaking off the post-holiday slump and thinking about the challenge of keeping your New Years Resolutions only adds to your anxiety. Don’t let these negative feelings get you down. The New Year is meant to be a time to reflect on the past year’s behavior and one where you can make positive lifestyle changes.
If you’ve decided to make weight loss a goal in 2019 and you follow our blog, you already know that chiropractic can help. Here are our tips to help you keep your resolutions throughout the year and achieve your weight loss goals.
The best way to keep your resolutions for the long term is to make ones that you can maintain. If you have a goal of exercising more, start with working out three or four days a week instead of every single day. If you want to eat healthier, try replacing your evening bowl of ice cream with a healthier alternative like Halo Top or swap it with fresh fruit and yogurt. Your diet should be something you enjoy, not a form of punishment and you will be more likely to make healthy choices if you can eat foods you like!
Make changes over time, not all at once
Your unhealthy habits didn’t just happen all at once, and you won’t likely be able to undo them all at once. Integrating healthy habits into your life takes time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think you have to make changes to every aspect of your life all in one go. Take the time you need to make positive changes in your life.
Talk about it
A great way to hold yourself accountable is to share your experiences with friends and family. You can even find support groups to help you reach your goals, like a fun workout class or a group of coworkers who bring healthy lunches every day. Having someone to share both your struggles and your successes will make your weight loss journey more enjoyable and less intimidating.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Perfection is impossible. Remember that minor mistakes are completely okay (and normal). Don’t give up completely because you broke your diet and ate a brownie or you skipped the gym for a week because you were on vacation. Everyone has their ups and downs, and that is all part of the process. What’s important is how you recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
Ask for help
Accepting help from those around you will strengthen your ability to manage stress and your resilience in your new life changes. If you feel overwhelmed or that you can’t meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help. Our team is dedicated to helping you reach the best health possible, so don’t hesitate to contact us so we can provide you with the support you’re looking for!