If you resolved on January 1 to finally drop those 20 pounds you’ve been carrying around since college and the scale has yet to budge an inch, it’s not too late to get back on track.
“Change comes in phases. You have to resolve your ambivalence, such as, ‘I want to lose weight and I love dessert,’ ” Nancy Rudner, George Washington University School of Nursing adjunct professor and an expert on workplace health and stages of change, said. “Once you resolve that you want to make the change, you need a realistic plan to make it happen. Everyone tries to keep resolutions, but it’s hard to stick with them. Preparation, guidance and a plan for accountability helps people stay on track.”
How can you get back on track with your healthy lifestyle resolutions? Here’s 4 simple tricks:
- Be accountable. Write down your goals and post them in a place where you’ll see them every day. This simple step keeps you in control of your actions.
- Create a routine. If you schedule gym time three days a week, you’ll be less tempted to sit on the couch and binge watch your favorite shows on Netflix.
- Make it fun. Treat yourself to sexy new workout clothes and set the table with your favorite dishes to make that healthy salad a more appealing meal.
- Plan for setbacks. For example, you may want to research low-cal options at your favorite restaurant so you’ll be ready when your naturally stick-thin friend invites you out to eat. A proactive approach helps to ensure success!