If you’ve already dropped your New Year’s resolution, you’re in good company – an estimated 80% of people ditch their resolution by February. But even if you’ve fallen off track, you can still get back to it. There’s no shortage of advice from health professionals about how to re-start your effort (this post by our mental health blogger and this one from our nutritionists offer some great tips) – for me, it comes down to three main things:
1. Find like-minded people. This is my ‘numero uno’ rule. We become like the people we hang out with, so surround yourself with folks who have got this ‘healthy lifestyle’ thing figured out. Not only will their healthy choices and priorities inspire you, they can probably give you some good pointers on how to make eating well and exercising more enjoyable.
2. Expect to stumble. You are going to get sidetracked from your goal sometimes. Forgive yourself and move on. After all, failure is part of success.
Here’s my advice: Take a period of time to see what works well for you – find things that motivate and help keep you on track. For example, find a fitness influencer that inspires or motivates you on social media, and click the follow button. Or, reward yourself with a healthy recipes cookbook.
During this time make mental notes of what worked well and what didn’t and use this to readjust your plan. Think about ways you could have faced a challenging situation so you’re prepared next time around.
3. Be patient. Routine creates habits, and this takes time. Research has suggested that habits take about 3 weeks to create, but everyone is different. For some, it may take more time. In the meantime, remind yourself often of your motivations for setting your goals and be patient with yourself.
Just because your resolution got off to a bumpy start doesn’t mean you should ditch it completely. There’s a reason you made that goal – you want to be a healthier version of yourself – and that goal is still worth working toward. Keep going!