#HealthyHabits January: Make Goals Not Resolutions

They say a habit takes 21 days to make and only 3 days to break. We believe that healthy habits can help to create an overall lifestyle that can aid in a long and happy life. We aren't talking about momentous tasks, but simple things you can do to be the healthiest version of yourself. Each month, we will offer a different healthy habit for you to challenge yourself to stick with.

January's Health Habit: Make goals, not resolutions

New Year, New You? We LOVE that you are making a conscious effort to make a change for the better in your life, but let's face it: resolutions tend to 'lose their resolve' quickly. There's a reason why 'National New Years Resolution Ditch Day' is January 17th. If you really, sincerely want to make a change in your life, you still CAN- it just may not be a 'resolution'. 

According to a study by University of Utah professor David Derezotes, 45 percent of people make New Year's Resolutions. Of those 45 percent, only 8 percent follow through. 

Derezotes states, “Most people have some shame where we don’t feel like we are enough — I’m not enough. And, in order to try to make myself better, I set these goals to improve myself, but the problem is usually I don’t even succeed and even if I do, that doesn’t really make me love myself”

How can you stick with it? The issue isn't the resolutions themselves, but the fact that we want them now, have unrealistic expectations and are not willing to put in the work to actually change our mind sets. We want to lose 100 pounds in 2 months, or be able to run a marathon next week. The key is small, obtainable goals that you can build on- all while being realistic.

Want to lose 100 pounds? GREAT! But don't but a time stamp on when. Instead, make it a goal to change one thing about your eating habits and exercise a little more each week, and the weight will begin to come off.

Want to run a marathon? WE LOVE IT! Start with mastering your pace and breathing, with the goal of running a mile, and build from there. 

Life never has been and never will be about the destination. There is no finish line. We keep learning, growing, evolving, all while enjoying the journey. So give yourself time and a break (negative self talk will always be the ultimate self sabotage), set those goals and crush them. We're ready and excited to help you get there any way we can.

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