Setting Smart New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Day can be an exciting fresh start where you feel super energized and motivated to make changes, but if you set vague goals like get healthy, spend more time outside, or quit bad habits, it can be difficult to know where to start. Ready to make goals that you’ll actually see yourself achieve? If you follow the steps below and are consistent in the process, you will transform yourself into a goal crushing machine.

Personally I don’t believe New Year’s resolutions are helpful for most people. Of course it can be a good motivator to make healthy habit changes, but the majority of people lose momentum and are back to their old ways by February 1st. Does this sound familiar?

We all know that the week before New Year’s Eve begins the onslaught of the pervasive diet culture telling us we need to lose weight in the new year. They may be selling you detox teas, quick 30 day workout plans, or an unsustainable crash diet. None of these things will actually make you healthier, and can even be harmful to your body and mental health. Don’t buy in to this external pressure to conform or manipulate yourself into a box. You don’t need to change your physique in order to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Health is more than having a specific body type.

Let me be clear, it’s okay if you want to be fitter, get healthier, or lose weight. It is your body and you get to choose what you do with it.

What’s not okay is influencers and diet culture telling us what we need to do to fit in. You are already enough and you do not need to change your body in order to appease society’s standards of beauty.

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and ultimately it’s how you feel on the inside that matters. Being confident and feeling beautiful in your own skin is the most important thing to strive for.

Perhaps you want to workout for better sleep, have more energy, or stress relief. Fitness goals do not always have to be weight loss related. Exercise is a celebration of what our bodies can do. Movement is an amazing expression of being alive and can make us feel more vibrant and healthy inside and out.

You don’t need any detoxing in order to be healthier. Our bodies are already great at detoxing itself. Don’t fall for any ads or claims that you need anything to help you detox. Instead, focusing on adding in healthy fresh foods. Eat whole, fresh, colorful foods that nourish your entire body. Eating fresh foods enhances our moods and allows us to live longer, happier lives.

If you do have health and fitness related goals in this coming year, what is actually going to work is making slow, gradual shifts in your habits that will stick in the long-term. Building upon the healthy habits you already have to create new ones. Making it fun and exciting. Writing out cute reminders on post it notes and putting it on your bathroom mirror, fridge, and computer to help you stay focused on your new habits.

Achieving your goals is about creating the right goals for yourself. Be super realistic, clear, and specific about what your goals are and what steps you need to take to accomplish it. It’s important to make realistic goals so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment. Setting small attainable goals will help you make gradual progress towards your future self.

Set aside time to plan out what you want to accomplish in the year ahead, and be super honest about what is possible. Break down those larger goals into steps. By breaking down your larger goals into micro-goals and creating specific measurable goals like workout 30 minutes a day, instead of just saying workout more, you will create actionable steps that you can check off your list each day.

Celebrate your small wins and you will see your progress building towards accomplishing those bigger goals.

If you want more helpful information like this and are curious about my program, I offer 1:1 individualized coaching sessions. Message me for a free health history consultation today.

Published by Healthy with Chelsea

Hi! I’m a certified holistic health and wellness coach and I’m here to help you achieve your health related goals.

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