Health Motivation: Weight loss/Healthy Eating
Tips for Sticking with your Resolutions
At Eliza we are passionate about helping engage and motivate healthcare consumers to participate in their healthcare. We also help support our employees in their pursuit of healthy living. We plan to regularly offer tips, on the Eliza Engage blog, to help motivate you to engage in your health.
We thought it was quite timely to check in on your health and fitness goals for 2017. According to Statistic Brain, only 21.4% of people stick with their weight loss/ healthier eating New Year's resolution. That is a huge drop-off rate – let’s try to help you not become a statistic.
Spring is a great time to renew your goals and rejuvenate your motivation to get healthy in 2017.
Here are some simple tips to help you maintain your motivation if you have been consistently following your plan, and get back on track if you have slowed your pace or outright given up.
1. "Wow, this is a lot of work, I don't think I can do it".
Setting a goal over 12 months can be daunting. The remedy? Believe you can do it! Keep your end goal in mind and set a schedule for success. An organized plan and a positive mental attitude is what will get you to your goal.
Break up your goals into smaller achievable increments. Focusing on a 1 – 6 week goal will give you a greater sense of continuous accomplishment. Set a small reward for yourself when you reach each milestone. That way you can celebrate yourself for small and large victories.
2. "Ugh - When will I feel better, see the scale go down, start to like my nutrition plan, etc., etc.,”
When you are feeling frustrated, not making enough progress or just outright sick of the plan you are on - rethink your strategy. If the chosen routine isn't working then look for other alternatives. The main goal is to keep going! Change is hard, and sometimes the first choice is not always the best or the last.
To alleviate your frustration and empower yourself on your journey, try changing the time of your workout, research new/better nutrition plans (there are thousands available), hire a trainer or health coach, or phone a friend for support. Making healthy change should be fun. If it is too much work or overwhelming, then it may not be the best choice for you. The good news is that you can always change your course for something that works.
3. "That's it, I am done - where is the wine?"
If you have stopped all-together, forgive yourself and get going again. During your restart, evaluate why you stopped. Make some adjustments based on what you learned when you first set out and get going again! Every day is a new day and a fresh start.