One week into 2015, the resolutions and goals are rolling into our minds and planning has started. The beginning of January brings with it a time of reflection on the past year and planning into the next year. How am I going to make 2015 the best year yet? Often times we find ourselves stating the same resolutions from year-to-year. I want to lose weight. I want to stop eating processed foods. I want to reduce my stress levels. I want to be more active and exercise more. I want to get better quality sleep. The list goes on and on. However, that list that we create at the beginning of each year is often very similar to the list created the previous year and the one before that, meaning we aren’t really doing that great of a job at sticking to our resolutions and reaching our goals! So, how do we change that trend and truly make 2015 the BEST year yet? Here are a few pointers to stick to your goals and make sure that the resolutions that you set this year will be accomplished so next year you can move on with an entirely new list!

1. Avoid being too strict! Rather than setting a goal to give up ALL processed foods or ALL refined sugar or to exercise every day of the week make a goal that is more reasonable. Stating to only allow processed foods once a week on an outing with the kids or setting a goal to workout at least 3 times per week and go for a short walk on the other days will allow you to stick to the plan.

2. Take small steps to set yourself up for success! Once you’ve set reasonable goals that allow you to stick with them you will see the success and it will encourage you to keep moving forward. By setting small steps/goals, you are not only more likely to achieve them but the euphoric feeling that is reached when you do achieve them will springboard you into the next goal and then the next creating a positive energy to move you forward.

3. Be very specific in your goals and make them measurable! When choosing your goals don’t just state that you want to lose weight or you want to lose 10 pounds. Include what you are going to do to reach those goals. For example, I plan to lose 10 pounds over the next 6 months by exercising at least 3x a week and going for a walk on the days that I do not get to the gym. This goal gives you something specific to strive for and you can measure whether or not you are succeeding not only by the number on the scale but you can count the number of days you workout and when you go to the gym versus going for a walk. Seeing your progress and tracking helps to keep you on track.

4. Write your goals down, post them in a visible spot, and share them with friends and family! Writing out your goals makes you more committed to completing them. Then posting them in a spot that you often see like the refrigerator door, your bathroom mirror or on a post-it note stuck to the bottom of your computer monitor, helps remind you and keep up the motivation to complete the goals. If you share your goals and resolutions with friends and family you will have an extra boost of support and feel more committed to sticking to the plan.

5. Set an end date! Just like setting a very specific and measurable goal, give yourself a timeline. By setting a specific date by which you would like to reach your goal there is an end in sight.

All of these small tips will help you to be more successful in reaching your 2015 resolutions. If you are looking for help in losing weight, improving nutrition and/or reducing your stress levels check out the programs that we offer at Find Your Zen. There is definitely a program that can help you get to where you want to be in 2015.