The month of January is over and for some of us, it’s the end of our New Year Resolutions. Remember those? You had a lot of energy, excitement and motivation when you were setting them when the year started. Probably had a pep talk with yourself, “This is a new year, here’s to new beginnings…a fresh start, a clean slate.” There are a whole lot more synonyms for what you were feeling when you were planning your new year goals. Diving into them, you were on track for the first week. You felt great, you were keeping tabs on what you set out to do and it felt like a new beginning. Week two, the busy schedules, back to work /&back to school, laziness, procrastination…you start slacking.
Research conducted by Strava, the social network for athletes, has discovered that January 12 is the fateful day of New Year’s resolutions. After analyzing more than 31.5 million online global activities last January, Strava was able to pinpoint the date when most people report failing their resolution.
“Sticking to resolutions is hard and we all know there’s a lot of talk and pressure in January about getting fitter and being healthier,” Gareth Mills from Strava told The Independent.
What were your health resolutions?
The big picture is to be healthy and fit. Now the little dots/puzzle pieces that you connected to achieve the big picture may be; to workout every day either at home or at a gym, eat healthier; more vegetables less carbs, try out a keto diet since you’ve heard so much about it especially lately… the list goes on and on.
Let’s be real
Some of the goals you set out were just unrealistic hence why you’re failing at your health resolutions. You want to lose a bunch of weight in this short period of time so you’ll start the XYZ diet, go on a juice cleanse, cut out carbs, stop snacking, oooh weight loss pills, enroll in a gym and workout every day and you might even get a trainer…bla bla bla.
How to simplify fulfilling the health resolutions you had given up on
Health resolutions should all be based on living a healthier lifestyle. LIFESTYLE! For life! And, it’s as easy as choosing to make healthy choices in your daily decisions. But you know what they say, things that are easy to do are also easy not to do. Some healthy choices are for example;
- Doing a social media cleanse. Stop following people who brag about their drastic weight loss and make you feel bad about your body. Yuck! You don’t need them.
- Write down your SMART goals and REVISIT them as often as you can. Writing them down gives you a sense of commitment to fulfilling them. SMART goals signifies planning with intention not just planning things kiholela (wishy-washy). You need to remind yourself (if you’ve already forgotten which you probably have) why you wrote them down and what you decided to do.
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Inside, they have very different, in depth sections for intentional planning. One of these sections is where you write down your health goals, your actions and you reflect on them. I can honestly attest these planners help a lot and keep me on track. As a plus, they’re so cute. Each planner goes for Kshs 4500. Visit their page here and place your order today.
- Choose your food portions wisely. Rather than putting a whole plate of rice, Lord knows how many spoons of curry and a dash of vegetables like they’re garnishing the food, make a healthy choice. Why not put one serving of each? You don’t have to quit eating the foods you like, you’re adjusting them to fit your needs. Food is good guys!
- Be more active. You can start by simply walking around your neighborhood or take up fun things like hula-hooping, yoga (Check out the Africa Yoga Project) or dance. You don’t need a gym. However, nobody knows you better than you. So if you know you need a gym, be disciplined and join that gym and be consistent. Get some cute workout clothes, trust that they’ll give you a push because they will. They look pretty in your wardrobe but even prettier on you.
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The body you have now is just a snapshot of the choices you made in the past. The choices you make now will determine the body in which you will love in the future.