While it may seem like a good idea to jump full-go into your New Year’s Resolution, often this approach to a good idea sets one up for failure. A New Year’s Resolution is like a new diet plan; it’s probably a good idea, and you may be really serious about it, but after a few days of drastic changes that you weren’t really ready for, you fall off the wagon and you’re right back to where you started.
The key here is to slowly change the things you want to, and you’ll find success comes much easier than you may have thought possible. For instance, if your resolution is to lose 25 pounds, drastically changing your diet overnight is going to make you miserable. You’ll be hungry all the time and eventually you will say “the hell with this” and you’ll be eating junk food once again.
To combat this, make small, gradual changes that are easy to maintain. Let’s say you drink a lot of soda that is loaded with sugar. Try switching to diet drinks at first, then eventually to water. This is a great way to cut calories out without driving yourself crazy. Another example would be to drop from eating fast food once a day to every other day, to one day per week, and then finally not at all.
The same goes for joining a gym. If you rarely exercise, hitting a gym 5 days a week at an all-out pace all of the sudden is going to be a major shock to your system. You’re going to be sore all over, barely able to move, and you’re going to dread going back. Again, ease into it. Try going every other day for the first couple of weeks, at a moderate pace. This should give you a good enough workout to make you somewhat sore, but not so much that you can barely get out of bed.
A New Year’s Resolution does not have to be difficult to achieve. With gradual, easy to follow changes in your lifestyle, you’ll find that your resolution has now become your way of life.