We did it!! We pushed through the holidays and now it’s that time where everyone is busy goal setting and deciding that THIS will be the year of utmost awesome. This may not come as a surprise, but according to Ipsos and Neilson Polls the top two New Year’s resolutions for North Americans is to ‘stay fit and healthy’ & ‘lose weight’. Yet with all this new found resolve and motivation, 80% of people still fail to stay consistent with their intentions.

There’s a ton of complex advice out there on how to set and achieve goals, but I believe in keeping it simple, especially if you’re already uber busy. I’m painfully aware of what it’s like to be on a New Year’s high and throw yourself full steam ahead into a resolution, only to find yourself miserably running miles behind the wagon by mid-February.

If you really want to become a fit, healthy woman from the inside out, keep reading for my 3-step strategy to staying on top of your New Year’s health and wellness resolutions:

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#1 – Start With Why

Always start with why. It’s so important to be able to motivate yourself in times where you don’t feel like dragging your butt to the gym, spending hours meal prepping, or laying out your clothes for the week (woo! so organized!).

It’s important to begin with why so that in those moments when your brain is willing but your body can’t get with the program, you can motivate yourself intrinsically. This means knowing firmly WHY you are doing what you’re doing.

Do you want to be able to:

Have more energy for your children or spouse?

Show up consistently for your family and friends?

Serve excellently in your job? or business? or church? or community?

Function as your best self without having those same old health barriers holding you back?

I thought so.

As a wellness coach, I ask why a LOT.  And I hear the above desires over and over again from the busy professional women that I speak with.

So what’s YOUR why? It’s time to figure it out.

Start with writing a list, but keep digging until you get to the root of the issue. When you finally settle on your main ‘WHY’, craft a solid statement about it in one or two sentences and put that thing EVERYWHERE!

Put it on your vision board, save it as your phone lock screen, set yourself calendar reminders — whatever you have to do to keep that WHY front and centre. Do that so that you have an anchor when you find yourself in a situation where you’re tempted not to follow through on a goal.

 

#2 – Be SMART

Being SMART about your goals means making them:

Specific

Measurable

Actionable

Realistic

Timely

SMART goals turn your generic goals into a detailed blueprint for how you plan to achieve the results you want and sustain them over the course of the year (and beyond).

For example, to make the generic goal of “losing weight” into a SMART goal, you could write down the following:

Specific: Lose 20 lbs

Measurable: weekly weigh-ins and tape measurements (bust, waist, hip)

Actionable: 3 cardio sessions and 2 strength sessions per week

Realistic:  Aim to lose 2 lbs per week (as per typical recommended weight loss rate of 1-2 lbs/week)

Timely: 12 weeks (allow for some fluctuations and plateaus),

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#3 – Stay Accountable

The last way to stick to your New Year’s wellness resolutions is to be accountable to somebody!

When you’re in a low state of mind and can’t seem to kick yourself into gear, it’s good to have someone who you can send a quick text to or check in with on a regular basis.

Whether you choose to work with a health coach or personal trainer, a girlfriend that you work out with or meal prep with, or join a Facebook support group, make sure you have the right people on hand in case of a crisis. If you work a day job, having a lunchtime walking buddy is a great way to implement this step!

Don’t burden yourself unnecessarily by going it alone.

At the end of the day, you’ve made New Year’s resolutions so that you can grow and be the best version of yourself.

This can be a great year if you choose to take control of your decisions and habits, but ultimately YOUR health and wellness starts from the inside out!

And the choice is yours.

Take action TODAY!

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