New Year, New Approach to Resolutions
Happy 2024 ! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with tasty food, friends and family, and relaxing days to recharge for the new year.
As quick as the holidays come, the quicker they go and with that comes the stress of “new year's resolutions.” It can be a lot of pressure to come up with the perfect resolution that actually impacts your life but also something you will actually stick to throughout the year. This year, let’s make our habits count. I'll take you through some quick steps to make sure you hit those goals in 2024.
Take some time to think about your health goals.
Your habit changes do not have to start on January 1st in order to count. They can even start today! Since your resolutions will ideally take up a year of your life, make sure they are habits you want to do and can commit to for a year or more. Start writing down ideas on your phone as they come to you so that when you sit down to write out some goals for 2024, you have plenty to choose from. If you don’t have any ideas, try to think of areas of your life that could use a little more attention. Maybe you already do some cooking at home but want to improve your cooking skills and explore new recipes.
Make sure your resolution fits into your lifestyle.
If you want to become more active in 2024, make sure your measurable goal is sustainable and attainable. For example, if you are going from not moving your body whatsoever to working out 6 days a week, you might be setting yourself up for failure. Same goes for nutrition. If you drink 8 ounces of water daily today, making a goal to drink a gallon (or 128 ounces) per day is too big of a jump. Start small and work towards that end goal of working out 6 days a year or drinking a gallon of water daily. Do not bite off more than you can chew, because that will lead to burnout.
Write action steps to follow through with those goals.
Having clear and specific goals is critical to make sure you are following through with your goals. While you write each goal, make a list of 3 action steps you can do each day to keep you on track for reaching these goals. For example, if your ultimate goal is to cook dinner at home 6 nights a week, start by making two dinners a week. Then the next week, add on another night of cooking, and so on. Doing this makes the goal seem not as scary or intimidating to begin.
Have a reward for hitting your goals.
If there is something you have been wanting to do, see, or buy for yourself, now is the time to dream up an amazing reward. After a whole year of dedication and hard work, reward yourself with something you really enjoy! This can be something as simple as a spa date or as big as an all-out vacation! Remember, once you reach these goals, keep your new habit going. Don’t stop just because you reached a goal, because the real results come from consistently keeping your habit going over time.
Remember to be kind and patient with yourself while starting a new year with new goals. Start slow and work up to your end goal. If you're seeking a more personalized approach to your nutrition goals specifically as the new year arrives, I’m here for you. Book your free initial nutrition session today by visiting www.emilyzorn.com. Let's embark on a journey to make this year your healthiest yet.
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Here's to a balanced, joyous, and healthy new year. Stay tuned for more tips.
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