Making your New Year's Resolution STICK this TIME!
February 3, 2014
Change is HARD. That is why only 8% of people who make a resolution, stick with it.
So you made a resolution; "lose weight and get fit"...what now? Well, one thing that you will find more success with is; think SMALL. Yes, smaller, more manageable changes (baby steps) are easier to accept and therefore, easier to accomplish. Accepting change is completely psychological. Ultimately, as humans, we at one point or other, all give in to our needs. And if your brain feels the need to, let's say; eat a Snickers bar after every dinner, than that is what your body will do. So why in the world would you make a resolution, like, " I am going to not eat sweets"?You have set yourself up for failure right from the start because your brain is already saying.... NO, I WANT A SNICKERS BAR AFTER DINNER!
Here is another biggy; lose weight. Here is my version; for the month of January, I am going to eat a big serving of fresh spinach instead of pasta/carb with my meat/protein at dinner at least 2 times a week. Then for the month of February, I am going to add... I am going to eat at least 3 eggs per day, 3 times a week. In other words, I want to add greens and protein to my current diet.
My point is, I am still eating what I like, but I am adding healthy nutritional choices to my current diet that will help me increase my metabolism and therefore, help me decrease my body fat%. I happen to like spinach and eggs. Maybe for you, it is lettuce and salmon. Eventually, habits start forming and the brain does not go into "sabotage mode" because nothing that you "like" to eat is being taken away. This is KEY.
As for the Snickers lover above, start by having half of a snickers bar after dinner for a month.... Small changes, for a period of time (a month), then add another small change for a period of time, then another one. Don't look now, but your New Year's Resolution is starting to look more and more like a "LIFESTYLE CHANGE".