Tips to get your new year’s resolution started
Everything you need to get your new year's resolutions on the right track
If your resolution is to improve your nutrition, take better care of your health, save time, or to lose weight, Accredited Practising Dietitian Ashleigh Jones has some top tips to kick off your resolutions.
At this time of year, we start to think about the year ahead and the opportunity for a fresh start. When it comes to new year resolutions, simply getting the ball rolling can be the hardest part. These tips will help you along the way and set you up for success.
1. Set a realistic goal
If your goals are unrealistic, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, strive for something realistic and achievable. If you have a bigger, long term goal, outline some short term goals and milestones to keep you motivated along the way. Rather than saying you’re going to lose 20 kilos, why don’t focus on losing the first five to start with. Keep a journal every day to stack on track.
2. Only one goal at a time
Don’t try to change everything all at once! If you have too many goals on the go, you might become overwhelmed, and find yourself unable to achieve any of them. As an exercise, list all your major goals on a piece of paper and pick one to focus on. Once you’ve achieved that goal, you can cross it off your list and move on to the next one.
3. Make your goal specific and timely
Make sure your goal or resolution is specific and not too vague. It should be very clear and have concrete goals, rather than ‘I want to eat healthier’ or ‘I want to lose weight’. Goals such as ‘I want to eat 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit each day’, or ‘I want to cut out eating takeaway on weekdays’ is a good starting point and is much more specific. It is also important to have a set date, to help you avoid procrastination and ensure you’re moving forward.
4. Plan ahead
Don’t wait until the last minute to make a resolution. Plan it a few weeks ahead so you can set yourself up for success. It will take planning, particularly if you need to organise the necessaries to support you, such as planning meals in advance or a new gym membership. You don’t need to start on the first of January, especially if you know you still have social events on or holidays planned. Plan out a time frame, so you don’t put it off indefinitely and set yourself up for success.
5. Tell people about it
Don’t keep your goals for the new year to yourself. Tell any supportive friends and family members about it to help keep yourself accountable. Find yourself a buddy with similar goals to help you stay on track – organise times to meet to go for a walk together to help motivate each other on your journey. Online communities can also be a great source of support and accountability, especially if you’re feeling shy about shouting your goals from the rooftops.
6. Write it down
Make sure you write down your goals with a good old fashioned pen and paper. Stick it on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror or in your wallet – just keep it somewhere you can see it every day. Otherwise, save as a reminder on your phone or lock screen. Think about how you will feel once you’ve achieved your goal to keep you motivated.
7. Reward yourself
Keep yourself motivated and celebrate your success after you’ve reached each milestone. If you’re trying to eat healthier, reward yourself with something that won’t sabotage your goals, such as a haircut or a trip to the cinema. Or if you want to become fitter, why not treat yourself to some new activewear or a recovery massage. Get some tips for some healthy incentives here.
8. It won’t be perfect
When you’re writing down your goals, it’s also a good idea to list some potential problems you might encounter in your journey. This might include special social occasions or stressful times that might make it difficult to stay on track. Brainstorm ways you can stay on track, such as perusing the menu for healthier options, keeping some healthy frozen meals in the freezer for the days following the event, or booking in for a fitness class so you keep the ball rolling. And remember that if you slip up, don’t beat yourself up! Recommit to your goals and just keep going. Lifestyle change is a marathon, not a sprint, and the odd slip-up is not going to undo all of your hard work.
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Ashleigh Jones is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive dietetics experience working across hospitals, corporate health, private practice and the food industry. A published researcher, she has collaborated actively across several disciplines including genetics, multiple sclerosis and sports nutrition. Ashleigh specialises in endocrine disorders with particular interest in weight management, pituitary and thyroid disorders, and management of diabetes. Ashleigh is passionate about promoting healthy habits, especially for busy people and offers simple and sustainable nutrition solutions.