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Each time the new year comes, we have a list of things we promise to do in terms of health, finances, and other crucial things. We start the year with so much determination and confidently believe that we can make it through the rest of the year successfully.

The end of the year comes and guess what? You are nowhere near your goal. What went wrong? Was it a lack of determination? Was it something you didn’t do? What went wrong or where did you fall short?

If you gather several surveys conducted on the top New Year’s resolutions, finances, and health consistently top the charts. Saving money, exercising, and going on a diet to lose weight. How much have you lost so far? Perhaps you’ve lost a lot of weight at the start of the year but did you regain some of those pounds back? How many times did you make use of your gym membership last year?

Why can’t we sustain our New Year’s resolutions? Maybe just maybe, this is where it all went wrong.

  1. Expecting change to be magical. Even if you think about your resolutions all the time, it won’t happen until you put it into action. Your body will not shed a pound without physical effort. A positive mind is important but it must be combined with hard work. If only thinking about eating healthy and exercising in your thoughts convert to calories burned, we would be a healthy nation.
  2. Setting unrealistic goals. We want to be perfect in an imperfect world. That is a given. We will never be able to be successful, however, if we look at perfection instead of progression. For instance, you resolve to exercise 60 minutes a day and yet your schedule is too tight. The best thing to do is to set priorities. If 60 minutes is not possible, schedule 10 minutes of brisk walking two or three times a day instead. Give yourself a pat on the back for being more physically active than the year before.
  3. Getting into all sorts of fad diets. Having the perception of food as your enemy is no bueno. Instead of being set on punishing yourself through starvation or an unreasonably restrictive way of eating, begin by making healthier choices available during meal times if you cannot totally remove food items that you deem unhealthy. For example, sautée some vegetables or have a side salad together with your fried meat. Eat fruit and nuts for a snack then occasionally treat yourself with your favorite snack, say once or twice a week. If you were unable to eat vegetables while dining out, have some fruit and vegetable smoothie when you get home or the next day for breakfast. The key is to incorporate lifegiving food little by little until you get used to having them in your diet.
  4. The change should start from you but transformation happens when you create an environment that is favorable to it. You cannot impose your healthy habits on anyone, not even your spouse or children. It’s called respect. You can, however, let them know about your plans and request for them to support your decision. Learn to say no in a gentle but firm manner. When you say no to extra calories, mean it. When you set a schedule for your exercise and your friend wants to invite you out, then simply set another schedule, which is not in conflict with your gym time.

There are a hundred ways we can fail this 2020 in terms of our healthy resolutions but there are a thousand more ways we can make small changes that are lasting. If you fail from your goal, get up and move on. Assess where you went wrong and do something about it. Do not keep on making the same mistakes over and over again.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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