We recently interviewed our Nutritional Therapist, Laura, in the clinic with a series of questions around the subject of nutrition. One of the questions we asked her was submitted by one of her clients. And that question was about New Year’s resolutions.
The full video with Laura can be seen below. But if you’re more of a reader than a viewer, we’ve also summarised her key points under the video.
Step 1: Keep it SIMPLE
It’s important not to make too many resolutions. Making too many will make it more likely you will not achieve them.
Laura recommends setting yourself 1 to 2 resolutions
Step 2: Create SMART goals
Smart goals will make it far more likely you’ll achieve your resolution
S – Specific: The goal needs to be specific so you know what you’re aiming for and why you’re doing it. This is the who, what and why of your goal. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’ve arrived?
M – Measurable: You can’t manage what you do not measure. By setting a measurable goal you’re able to track your progress. This will help you be aware if you’re on the right track to achieving your goal. Or if changes need to be made along the way.
A – Achievable: Be realistic with your resolution. Don’t tell yourself to go to the gym everyday in January. Chances are you’ll find yourself feeling fed up and tired. This will turn february into 0 trips to the gym and the goal abandoned.
Start off with something achievable, like “I’ll go to the gym 1 time a week in January, and then 2 times a week in February” This will help you build up the momentum to create a new habit and routine in the new year.
R – Results driven: Your goal should be measured by your results not your actions. By focusing on the results, you can see if the action you’re taking is moving you towards your goal. If it’s not, time to make a few changes in your direction.
T – Time orientated: Set yourself a starting date and an end date. This will create the urgency and demand you need to achieve your goal by. Without setting a date, you give yourself an excuse to put it off until tomorrow… and we all know how that ends up.
Step 3- Reflect on your progress.
Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back! This one is really important.
Internally, many of us can have a negative inner voice. Which loves to pick up on the things we have done wrong, or could have done better. Work on changing and challenging this voice by acknowledging the positive progress you’re making. Prove yourself wrong!
You’ve got this!
If you have any questions about your New Year resolutions, we’d be more than happy to help. Drop us a message on any of our social media sites and we’ll ask the right practitioner to answer your question.