January is fast approaching so it’s time to set some resolutions. Like most people my 2017 goals are to save more, eat less and move more – I’m pretty sure they’re very similar every January.
Each year, I become a little bit better at “life” and manage to completely crush my goals. 2017 will be no exception. This year I’ve decided to write a post to detail how I manage to stick to my resolutions and how I can help you to do the same.
Plan, plan, plan.
When making new year’s resolutions it’s so important to actually have a plan. You can’t just make up something ridiculous and unattainable. If you make a resolution to save money, you need to figure out how much you want to save, how long it will take and how you’re going to do it. If you say in January you want to “save money” and by the end of December you have 30p left in your bank, you’ve technically achieved it.
It’s the same with your fitness goals, you can’t just say I want to lose weight. You need to plan how much you want to lose, how you will do it and what you need to change. Then you can start working towards it. “A goal without a plan is just a dream”
So you want to get fit, healthy AND save money? Do you know where to start? You can read my guide on “hitting fitness goals without spending a fortune” to begin with, but you’re going to need more that that.
Having the right knowledge to achieve your goals is so important. If you want to lose weight, then you should read up on diets and nutrition, if you want to run faster, then educate yourself on the couch to 5K program or other running programs. If you want to build muscle then there are numbers of online resources to show you how – but you can’t just make these resolutions blindly.
Write it Down
The best way to stick to goals is to have them written in a book. Read it often and amend it as needed. Research shows you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if they are written down, that’s because writing makes it concrete. Keeping your goals in your mind is completely different to having them on paper.
A piece of paper or a notebook is more official, it’s more “real”. Seeing a written resolution reinforces it in your brain and keeps you striving towards it. If you see it often, you can’t forget about it.
Tell a friend
By telling a supportive friend your resolutions you have someone who can hold you accountable. Someone who when you’re struggling can help get you back in line. When someone knows your goals, it’s much easier to achieve them. I remember someone once telling me about how she told her daughter she was giving up smoking and that was the one reason she powered through. Telling another person what you wish to achieve will help you stay more committed to the cause.
What are my resolutions and how am I sticking to them
My plan is to save an extra 3k and lose 3 stone by the end of December 2017.
The Two 3’s! I’m going to do this by assessing my current spending and eating habits and adding more fitness into my daily routine. I want to hit 10,000 steps a day, do a home workout daily and eat 3 healthy nutritious meals.
I’m going to online shop for the best deals
Since I discovered LiveLean I’ve decided to stop buying so much meat in the supermarkets and instead bulk buy it online to ensure I get the best offers possible. I have a big freezer so I can batch cook lots of healthy, nutritious lunches and dinners and defrost them as and when required. By buying my meat online I should be able to save a fair bit of money AND make sure my diet is on point – which helps out both of my 2017 goals.
I will stop shopping for clothes
As I plan to be losing weight, I will probably also need to spend more money throughout the year on clothes as my size will be changing a lot. Which is annoying, but charity shops have some awesome clothes for really low prices. Through charity shop shopping I have managed to acquire loads of designer clothes which people think cost me loads when realistically it probably cost me a fiver.
I’m going to change my social lifestyle
Another way I’m going to change my 2016 is by reducing the amount of time I spend at social occasions. I love going out, being social and spending time with friends, but these occasions are always based around spending money on food and drinks. Where I’m trying to save money and eat less food I need to kick that on the head. I will still see my friends, and be social but on my own terms. Gatherings and meals at my house or theirs will be a great way to stay social but reduce the likelihood of breaking those resolutions.
I’m going to forgive myself if it all goes wrong
If after planning, educating and writing my goals down, it all goes wrong, then I’ll get over it. It’s not the end of the world. Life’s for living and if the resolutions are too hard to stick to then change them. Don’t feel guilty or like a failure. Forgive yourself and move on. Goal setting doesn’t HAVE to be done at a new year, it can be done at any time. Make some new goals, start over and enjoy the life you’re living.
What are your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions? I’d love to know in the comments below.