When people set New Years Resolutions, most have great intentions but all to often many of us run into roadblocks and eventually fall off the wagon. Soon the motivation fades and many of us never accomplish our goal.
Sometimes it takes many attempts before something clicks and you figure out how to make those changes for the long-term. First, remind yourself that your health is important and you can do this no matter how many tries it takes! To accomplish anything in life and be successful at it sometimes we need to make some changes. By monitoring your schedule, your level of activity, when you eat and what your eating you can make small changes that add up.

Here is a list of things you may not be aware of that can sabotage your success…

Not exercising after work because you are too tired
Starting a program and quitting part of the way through because you get sore
Eating late at night because you are bored or depressed
An afternoon pick me up that is an unhealthy choice
Eating junk food when you’re bored
Going out with friends and drinking 1 more glass of wine/beer than you had planned

By changing what you do you can begin to change your behavior and set new patterns that help you reach your goal.

Schedule your workouts before work so you’re not so tired and less likely to skip your workout.
Try not to get overly depressed, instead, examine whether there could be any positive outcomes from that difficult situation. Count your blessings.
Try another type of workout program that may be more fun and enjoyable for you so you’re less likely to quit.
Before going out for that drink have a full glass of water. Drink another glass of water before you order that second one.
Instead of watching a movie go hiking with a friend.
Instead of eating a late night unhealthy snack pick up a piece of fruit and chew it slowly.
Take a short walk on your break instead of eating something sweet.
Keep a food journal. When you have to write down what you eat, you suddenly become way more conscious of how you’re fueling your body.

By changing how you respond you can eliminate some of those temptations as well.

When you feel like skipping the workout because you’re tired, invite a friend to meet you at the gym so you have to go. Remind yourself even though you’re tired, you’ll feel amazing when you’re done.
When you get depressed, watch a funny movie or call a best friend.
When you feel like quitting, schedule a session with a trainer to help you stay on track and find some extra motivation. Consider scheduling a weekly or monthly session to assure you are always progressing and have the accountability you need to succeed.

Most importantly be in it for the long run. Realize that a healthy lifestyle should be a lifetime commitment with ever-changing goals and expectations. It will help you live a longer, healthier life.

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