How to Succeed in Making New Year's Resolutions

With just a week left of 2018, you may be thinking about your goals for the New Year. While the idea of a fresh start can be incredibly motivating to some, New Year’s resolutions don’t work for everyone. In fact, more than 70% of Canadians who made resolutions in 2016 didn’t follow through, according to CTV News. Are you setting resolutions for the New Year? If so, we want you to succeed! Read on for tips to set yourself up for success and have fun making healthy lifestyle changes.

Break Up with Fad Dieting

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year and there is certainly no shortage of quick-fix diets on the web that meet this demand. Most advocates of these diets, including “holistic nutritionists”, are not credible sources of nutrition advice. Any diet that forbids your favourite foods won’t help you lose weight sustainably and certainly won’t make you happy. If your diet has you cutting out all legumes, dairy or sugar to “eat clean” and “detox”, ignore the hype and consult a dietitian

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Make Smarter Goals

S.M.A.R.T. goals are:

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Action-oriented

  • Realistic

  • Time-framed

Instead of making a vague goal to eat healthier in the New Year, try one of these S.M.A.R.T. goals or use them for your own inspiration. It may help to write down your goal in the S.M.A.R.T. format and track your progress. Celebrate small successes and let go of “all-or-nothing” mentality. Success is rarely linear, so roll with the setbacks and be kind to yourself.

Do What Feels Good

If your goals involve changing your habits, it’s important to be realistic with yourself about why you have adopted certain habits in order to make meaningful changes to them. In order to stick to your healthy resolutions, they need to feel good—self-punishing and restrictive goals are only harmful to your wellbeing. Try some of these strategies to make your new habits more rewarding:

  • Get moving with an activity that’s fun for you! There are so many ways to be active that don’t involve running on a treadmill. Try kickboxing, Zumba, TRX, weight lifting or recreational sports. Find something that empowers and excites you and you will stick with it.

  • Grab a buddy who will motivate you and support your goals. Share healthy recipes with each other, go for walks to catch up, or try new fitness classes together!

  • Take a cooking class or get creative at home with new recipes. Get your family involved and make memories together!

You certainly do not have to wait until the New Year to set goals for yourself, although making resolutions can be fun and rewarding if done right. We hope you found these tips helpful and, from all of us at Bridge Nutrition Services, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday!

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Ryan Stallard