Only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolution.
How about in 2017–JUST SAY NO!
Let’s take a year off from our New Year’s Resolutions and instead let’s set up a success strategy for a healthier 2017.
In reviewing the top New Year’s Resolutions, the #1 Resolution for 2015 was to lose weight. Now, don’t get me wrong, that is a great resolution. (And it does happen to be one of my top goals for 2017.) However, I’ve decided that I don’t want to be one of the 92% who don’t succeed–so this year I’m saying NO! to a resolution and instead make a plan for success.
First off, I’m not setting a weight goal of losing a certain amount of pounds. Instead, I’m scheduling weekly challenges with the hopes of establishing good health habits. In my experience as a health coach, good health habits naturally lead to achieving a healthier weight goal.
Here’s an example of my 2017 Health Success Strategy!
January: Focus on Sleep
My goal is 7 to 8 hrs of sleep at least 5 days a week by the end of January. I find when I’m skimp on sleep, my energy decreases. I don’t feel like being active and I tend to make poor eating choices.
My Success Strategy Tip: Set my phone alarm for 15 min, 30 min and 60 min before my established bedtime. I tend to get busy in the evening and forget to watch the clock. To set my established bed time, I count backward 8 hrs from my morning wake up time.
February: Focus on Self Care
February is the month of love! So, why not practice a little self-love? My goal this month is to schedule an activity every week that brings joy to my heart. There have been some studies lately on how stress is impacting our health even more than a healthy diet.
My Success Strategy Tip: Writing the activity I’m choosing in my calendar in pen–making it a non-negotiable date. I also purposely leave a few hours of “white space” in my day planner to catch up on any unexpected events.
March: Focus on Nutrition
For me, March is a great month to implement healthier nutrition habits. I make my nutrition goals simple, which help sets me up for a greater chance of succeeding. My goals range from consuming 5 fruits and veggies every week, eating breakfast every day, food tracking, increasing my water intake, decreasing dining out, limiting my calories, and increasing protein.
My Success Strategy Tip: I review the activities for my week and set my nutrition goal accordingly. If I know that I’m going to be on the go for the most of the week–my nutrition goal might be healthy go to snacks. If I know I’m going to be home most of the week–my nutrition goal might be eating 5 fruits and veggies every day. Meal planning is another tool for my success.
April: Focus on Fitness
Spring is in the air and it’s calling my name to get outside and move. I love exercising in the great outdoors, so scheduling increasing my physical activity for this month definitely helps sets me up for success.
My Success Strategy Tip: I set up a walking date with my best friend. We get our exercise and a chance to catch up. I also write my exercise times in my day planner.
As you can see, I don’t have a magical formula. For the most part, my Success Strategy is simply made up of small daily and weekly steps. These steps consistently achieved will make 2017 my best health year ever.