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3 simple steps to achieving your new years resolutions

3 simple steps to achieving your new years resolutions 26/12/2014

It’s the time of year when most of us reflect on what we’ve achieved over the last 12 months and start to think about what the next year holds.

Many people will be setting new heath and fitness resolutions so I thought I’d write a blog about that this week. If you’re setting your self a weight loss or fitness goal follow these 3 steps.

  • Make your resolution / goal a positive, not negative statement. There’s a big difference mentally in these 2 goals:
    • Lose 10 lb
    • Feel more confident and sexy weighing X

By positively framing the goal with the attributes you want to achieve by losing the weight you are reminding yourself of why you’re doing it each day and are more likely to get through challenging days and achieve your goal.

  • Brain storm everything you think you could do which would help you achieve your goal. Do a mind map or make a list, whatever method works for you. This activity creates your list of options. There will be many things you can do to help you achieve your goal. It’s important to remember here that if you want a different outcome you will need to make changes, try & make them fun and achievable.

If weight loss and fitness are your goal, you can refer to my list of 10 top tips for body fat reduction to get you started. You can then add other things like; go for a daily walk, join a gym, learn how to cook healthy meals etc. 

Once your list / brain storm is finished keep it handy to refer to. It’s impossible to make this many changes at once and I do not suggest you do this.

  • Over the next few months select 1 or 2 things from the list every 2 weeks and do just that. So you could select drink 2 litres of water per day and exercise twice a week and that’s all you will do for the next 2 weeks. Then review how you got on. How did these changes make you feel? Are they working for you? At this stage select another 1 or 2 things from the list and keep doing the things that are working. This way you are slowly making positive changes, that become habits and are more likely to achieve your goal.

Good luck, let me know how you get on!