New year, new you! As we start a new decade it’s also the perfect time to start a new, healthy lifestyle routine. Along with millions of other Americans, we set goals high but often lose steam as the year progresses on. If you are a person that struggles with keeping new year’s resolutions, make sure to create a solid plan that sets you up for success! Guess what? I can help!
First let’s start by making small, achievable goals. If our goals are too broad and/or unachievable we are likely to get discouraged and give up. Try to break up large goals into smaller, more specific goals that include realistic changes that can be made in your daily routine. For example, instead of saying “I will eat healthier in the New Year”, try to break it down to a more specific goal of “I will eat more than one type of vegetable per day”. This way, we can accurately measure if we are achieving this goal and it is not too broad!
Speaking of measuring, make sure that your goals you have set are measurable. If your goals don’t track “how much” or “how many” it is difficult to track progress. You can update yourself on your progress every few weeks to make sure you are on track with the specific goals you have set. For instance, if you goal was to “eat more than one type of vegetable each day”, track this in a food journal and check in on it every week or so to assess if your vegetable intake is on track with your goal, if not you can make adjustments.
Lastly, make sure that you are seeking guidance from a qualified health professional. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding food and exercise and it can be overwhelming. To make sure that you are being safe and are following an evidence-based plan, schedule an appointment with your local dietitian who is licensed and trained in the area of food and nutrition!