Are you ready to make this the year you stick to your resolutions and make a real change in your life? I am here to help you achieve wellness and see your resolutions through to fruition. Before setting your resolutions, take time to sit down and look within to find the resolutions that will most fulfill you. While you may be thinking “I want to read 24 books, lose 45 pounds, drink 100 ounces of water each day and climb Mt. Everest” this might be just a tad bit too much to take on. Here’s how to decide on your best resolution:
- Treat your resolutions as true goals.
- Make them SMART goals – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.
- Don’t try to accomplish everything at once. Pick one or two to focus on.
So what would you like to work on in 2017? Here are some measurable goals that could become your 2017 New Year’s resolution:
Increase Your Activity Level
Most people set their sights ultrahigh when setting a resolution, making statements like “I’m going to go to the gym every day” or “I will walk for an hour a day.” When you choose one of these “go big or go home” types of resolutions, you’re setting yourself up to fail, especially if you’re starting from couch potato status. A more realistic goal when wishing to increase your activity level would be to say “I’m going to intentionally workout for 30 minutes three times a week.” If you exceed it, great!
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
If you’re aiming for the recommended 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables, but right now the closest you get to consuming fruit is chocolate covered raisins, again, maybe you should start small. Break your resolution into quarterly parts. For the first quarter, aim to have at least 2 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and increase it by one serving each quarter. Measurable, attainable and realistic.
Spend More Time With Your Family
Make this one very specific, but remember it’s OK to be flexible. Set up an amount of time and a regular occurrence and schedule it on your calendar. Will you do a weekly dinner out? A family game night once a month? Or maybe a daily download of 15 minutes where you all check in with each other on the day’s highlights? Whatever sounds best to you, make it measurable and block out the quality time with family on your calendar.
Now this is one where I see clients feel really passionate but make their resolutions really vague. Remember that SMART formula? Think about how you could apply it to this one. You’ll need to come up with regular activities that decrease your stress level or ways to handle stressful situations and remind yourself to practice them. Perhaps you will do yoga or meditate twice a week or simply add in more “me time.” Make it actionable.
No matter your resolutions, using the SMART goal plan you can start 2017 off right and carry your success throughout the New Year. For help on your wellness journey, contact me. I would love to help you make a plan to achieve all of your goals through a life of whole-heart wellness.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.