It’s hard to believe we are already a few months into the New Year! How are your resolutions going? You know...those goals and promises you made to yourself that you were going to achieve this year?
If your new year's resolutions are a long-distant memory by now, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s incredibly common to “lose steam” over time when it comes to the energy and motivation it takes to keep the goals we set for ourselves.
Consider the arrival of Spring (and Summer right around the corner) as motivation to revive your resolutions! Here are some tips for you to reignite your goals.
Grab a piece of paper and pen and start by revisiting your goals for this year:
- Who or what was your “why” for achieving this goal?
- What was most exciting to you about this goal?
- What progress did you hope to make by now on those goals?
- What aspects of your life were going to improve as a result of working towards and achieving this goal?
Now, let’s reset and redirect those goals!
How can you break down your goal into smaller goals to make them more realistic and attainable?
For example: “I want to lose 10 lbs by summer.”
If summer is 10 weeks away, you can aim to lose 1 lb per week and lay out actions for HOW you’ll achieve that goal.
“To lose 1 lb per week I will:”
- Use the SlimFast Plan (1 sensible meal, two SlimFast meal replacements and 3 snacks each day)
- Track my meals and snacks 7 days a week
- Drink at least 64 oz of water each day
- Go for a 30-minute walk 4 times a week
- Do an at-home workout video 1 day a week
By breaking ultimate goals down into smaller goals, it can make them seem more manageable and more attainable. Write these goals down and put them in a place you will see them regularly. This will make them feel more real and concrete and keep them at the front of your mind each day.
Now, what happens if we go ahead and set smaller goals and then after a couple of weeks, we still aren’t seeing results? Don’t get discouraged, there are a few things you can try:
- Watch out for those extra bites and “taste tests” that can easily slip into added calories for the day. Things like finishing up an item from our child’s plate or enjoying a few bites of cheesecake can easily turn into 100, 200 or 300+ calories.
- If you are using condiments, make sure to factor them into your calories for the day. Things like ketchup, oils, salad dressings, etc., can contain “sneaky calories”.
- Try measuring your portions for your sensible meals or snacks rather than “eye-balling” it.
- Consider coming up with a different plan to get moving and trying out different types of exercises.
- Try drinking more water. It helps you feel full, among so many other benefits!
Often all we may need to do is to assess what is going well and what needs improvement and make a few tweaks!
Lastly, don’t forget to join the SlimFast Together, SlimFast Keto Together or SlimFast DiaBe Together groups for support and accountability as you work towards your goals!
Here’s to you having a great Spring and Summer and achieving your goals!