Last year, fifty-one percent of Americans set a resolution to exercise more and thirty-one percent planned to lose weight. Just one week into 2012, nearly one-third of Americans had already broken their resolutions. By February 14th, half were falling behind and by July 4th, sixty percent of the resolutions were long forgotten.
How do you prevent repeating this pattern in 2013? The key to success is to set a realistic goal that you can achieve by making small manageable changes.
Just as important, is determining your readiness to change. How do you know if you are ready to change? Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Have you decided to start changing your behavior?
2. Do you have a concrete plan of action?
3. Are you committed to change?
4. Do you believe change is possible?
5. Are you finished making “excuses” as to why you cannot make changes?
6. Are you ready to work hard to make your goal a reality?
7. Have you or are you prepared to remove obstacles that may prevent you from succeeding?
If you have answered “YES” to ALL of these questions, then you are ready. Some tips in developing your plan of action:
- Pick one habit to change.
- Keep it simple.
- Write it down.
- Give it time (a new habit take about 3 weeks to develop).
- Be ready for relapses and have a plan to address them.
Make 2013 your year!
Resources: IDEAfit; Marina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD