How to stick to your New Years resolutions
We are now 4 weeks into the New Year and those New Year resolutions may be starting to look like a distant memory! If you are finding it hard to stay on track with your goals, it is important to appreciate the fact that you most certainly are not alone. There is no shame in losing a little focus once the balancing act of life, health and love all begin to seem too much.
Most resolutions involve some level of fat loss and body re-composition. So with that in mind you might want to consider implementing some of the strategies below, just to get things moving in the right direction. And if you feel that you have a good handle on your road to health and fitness the below tips will help keep you on that road.
1. Out of sight out of mind – we tend to eat the foods that are most immediately available to us and research indicates that it usually does not matter what type of food it might be. Try keeping all unhealthy foods out of your immediate vicinity when you are at work or home, even if it means physically moving the biscuits or lollies to another area.
2. Make healthy options easier – this actually connects with the above point. If you have fruit, vegetables and water handy and in close range you will tend to go for those foods as a snack. Keep them at the front of your fridge as they will be the first things that you see and move undesirable food to the back (why do you have undesirable food in your fridge anyway!?)
3. Eat from a small plate – this might sound silly, but most of us from a young age have been programmed to consume everything that is on our plate or in our lunch box. Interestingly, the evidence also indicates that we will eat more from a plate that matches the food colour. Make sure that your plate is a neutral colour.
4. Clean out your fridge – create a healthy looking fridge to subconsciously generate feelings of supreme health. Create space on each level of your fridge for vegetables, dairy foods, meat and other fresh foods. Make your fridge colourful and get rid of old canned and jarred foods that you rarely go to.
5. Get the right appliances – unclutter your bench top and invest in cooking options that will get you thinking about eating healthier. Get a good blender, a steamer and a tea brewer. Keep these appliances on your bench top to again create the image of a healthy space and a healthy you!
More than anything, recall why you started your journey in the first place and attach an emotional reason for wanting to change. It doesn’t happen in a matter of days and you may stumble a few times. But as it has been said, it isn’t how many times you fall that counts, it’s how many times you get back up!
Yours in Health!
Blog post courtesy of Chris Dounis, Senior Personal Trainer at Fit n Fast St Peters