Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve celebration, and are already off to a great start for 2013.
Since this is typically a time when people start embarking on New Year’s resolutions, I thought today would be a good time to discuss goal setting. Too often, I hear people say, “My resolution is to lose 20 lbs in the new year.” Or, “I’m going to eat better.” These goals are great, but they are also vague and leave room for excuses when your motivation starts to wane in February.
Instead, try using these tips to help you set realistic goals for the new year.
Tip #1. Set action-based goals. Perhaps you’d like to lose 10-15 lbs this year. Instead of making your goal results-based, such as “I will lose 10 lbs this year,” set an action-based goal. For example, “I will exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes,” or “I will eliminate processed food from my diet,” are much more achievable and measurable goals. You can’t control when you will lose the 10 lbs, but you can control how much effort you put into it!
Tip #2. Repetition makes it stick. You must be consistent with your efforts to create a new habit. If you only follow through with your goals “some of the time” you’re not going to see the results you’re looking for! Keep in mind that everything is harder at the beginning, and it will get easier if you keep going and build momentum. It will only be more difficult if you give up!
Tip #3. Enlist the help of a buddy. Having someone with similar goals to support you is incredibly helpful in making lasting lifestyle changes. When your motivation wanes, you can call your buddy for support! Losing weight, sticking to a budget or watching less TV are all goals that can make you feel a bit isolated, so having a buddy to rely on may be the difference between success and failure.
Tip #4. Write it down. There’s something about seeing your goals on paper that makes them more permanent and official. Write down your goals and place them in a prominent place, where you’ll be reminded of them daily. The fridge or a bathroom mirror are great options.
Tip #5. Forgive and Move On. Slip-ups are a normal part of the learning process. As you work towards your goals, you may find yourself falling off the wagon a few times– and it’s no big deal, unless you make it one. Don’t beat yourself, and certainly don’t give up! Pick yourself up and get right back on track.
Personally, I’m trying to get back on the exercise wagon. I let my travel and holiday schedules get in the way of a consistent exercise schedule over the past few months, so I’m setting a goal to get back in the habit. I think completing a Physique 57 workout 4 times a week, for at least 2 weeks will do the trick.
If you’ll recall, I tried the new online Physique 57 workouts during my last business trip, and I think they are perfect for squeezing in a quick workout, even when you don’t have any equipment. (Physique Cardio is my new favorite!)
And this is where the giveaway comes in!
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
The kind folks at Physique 57 have offered to give one of my readers FREE unlimited access to the online workouts through January 31st of this new year.
To enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment below, letting me know if you’re setting a goal for the new year.
2. For a bonus entry:
- Tweet about the giveaway, then come back to this post to leave a comment below. Kick off your new year with FREE @Physique57 Online Workouts for January 2013! @Detoxinista http://bit.ly/132P4SU
- Like The Detoxinista and Physique 57 on Facebook, then come back to this post to leave a comment below.
I’ll select a winner on Sunday, January 6th. Since this is an online prize, it’s open to everyone with access to the Physique 57 website!
**UPDATE: The winner is… Penni! (selected via Random.org) I’ve sent her an email, and she has 48 hours to respond. If I don’t hear from the winner in 48 hours, I will select another one!
Even if you don’t have access to the online workouts, you can follow along with the Physique 57 DVDs, or your own workout of preference! Committing to the consistent exercise schedule is key, so exercising 4 times a week for 2 weeks is a great way to start a habit, without feeling overwhelmed.
Here’s to a very happy 2013!
Reader Feedback: Have you set any goals for the new year?
*Disclosure: I have received free access to the online workouts as well, but I am under no obligation to write a positive review or to host this giveaway. I have been a fan of Physique 57 long before they ever offered me these classes, and will never promote anything on this blog that I don’t personally love.