New Year’s is a time for fresh starts and new promises, but
sometimes it can be difficult to stick with your original goals. This year,
choose attainable, measurable goals for your New Year’s resolutions, and you’ll
be amazed at what you can achieve!
DO make a detailed plan—and stick with it. Write out a schedule of when you’re going to work
out and what exercises you’ll do on which days. Having a concrete goal makes it
easier to stick to, and you’ll get into the habit of exercising regularly.
DON’T get mad at yourself if you mess up. Almost everyone slips up on their New Year’s
resolutions, so don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day at the gym or snag a
second slice of pie. Tell yourself you’ll correct your behavior right now—not
tomorrow—and add in a run after school or opt for fruit instead of chocolate
DO be reasonable with eating goals. Swearing off dessert is an extreme measure, and
will only make you crave sugar even more. Instead, focus on something you can really
stick to, like eating one dessert per day or having chips with one meal a week.
That way when you do get your reward,
it’ll taste even better.
DON’T compare your success to that of others. So your bestie lost 10 pounds like that.
Or Selena Gomez’s biceps look way hot when she bares her arms. You’re not your
bestie (or Selena Gomez, for that matter), so stop obsessing over their
success. When you compare other people’s achievements to your own, somehow you
always end up with the short straw. Instead, focus on personal bests, like
beating last year’s mile time or acing a gymnastics move. Go, girl!
DO pile on the fruits and veggies. You’ve heard the old five-a-day suggestion – why
not make that one of your resolutions? Fruits and veggies are packed with
nutrients you need to keep moving, not to mention loaded with fiber that will
keep you way more full than a bag of chips or a bowl of cereal.
BY MEGHAN DEMARIA ON 12/28/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN self-esteem, mind/motivation, new year's