New year, new you, right? But it’s not always that easy. You may start off with a grand plan only to find it deflated in weeks or even days. What’s the deal?
The reason for your defeat may be as simple as a lack of willpower. Here are some tricks to help you stay on track when everything in you wants to return to old ways:
1. Get some accountability.
Have lofty goals? Tell a close confidant you know will help keep you accountable and ask if they can check in on you to make sure you’re still on track.
2. Keep your goals in plain view.
Write down your objectives on a piece of paper and then put them on your fridge, your computer or your nightstand as a reminder of what you want to accomplish.
3. Start a friendly competition.
What’s more motivating than a little rivalry to jumpstart your initiatives? Ask a few friends if they want to compete to see who can stick to their resolutions.
4. Make a realistic game plan.
If your goal is to lose weight and your strategy is to starve yourself, you’re already headed for failure. Instead, try something you can maintain like meal replacement shakes.
5. Create a healthy reward.
Give yourself “light” at the end of the tunnel to look forward to with something healthy you can enjoy after all your hard work.
6. Bask in that glowing feeling.
Do you feel hungry, depressed, or unmotivated? Close your eyes and imagine how amazing it will feel to conquer your goals! Let that sense of pride and accomplishment carry you through whenever you’re low.
7. Build success from the start.
Are you determined to eat healthier? Then stock your fridge with only nutritious choices and discard of the rest. You should be fully prepared to accomplish your goals before you begin.