When the New Wears Off
January is rapidly coming to a close and for some of us that can mean our New Year's Resolutions have fallen by the wayside. If you read my post about being intentional, you know I've never been a big fan of resolutions. Somehow, they seem to set us up for failure and I never want you to feel like you have failed yourself.
So, what do we do if we made some promises to ourself that have gotten lost in the shuffle of routine and perhaps some frustration?
1. Don't Stress
Instead of allowing yourself to get pulled into a downward spiral of stress - take a deep breath. Remember why you made those resolutions to begin with. Was it to feel better overall? Was it for a special occasion? Was it for your mental health? Was it to take better care of yourself? Or, to give back to others more often? Revisit each one and think about what feelings you felt when you chose them. It's OKAY to cross some of those resolutions off if you realize they are not serving you well and causing you inner turmoil.
2. Make a Plan
After you revisit each resolution, make a new plan. Think "less is more" - if you're goal was a certain amount of pounds and you have not lost one of them (or even attempted to), think about a realistic amount and keep your resolution but change the number. A healthy goal is 1-2lbs a week. If it was cutting out all (insert your vice here - sugar, alcohol) but all you've done is seem to eat even more, reassess your method. Instead of cutting out everything, think about moderation. Limit your alcohol intake to 1-2 drinks a week or your favorite dessert on date night or a small piece of chocolate two days a week. If your original resolution was healthy and intended to make your life better and more joyful, keep it, but take it a part a bit and break it down into smaller, more manageable section.
3. Reward Yourself
Did you hit that 4-8lb weight loss in 4 weeks? Treat yourself to a movie you've been wanting to see or a piece of clothing or maybe a night-at-home spa treatment binge watching your favorite guilty TV show. It doesn't have to be a monetary reward, but set small rewards for yourself along the way to keep your energy high and give you something to look forward to.
Don‘t give up on yourself!