It’s that time of year when everybody starts to put their resolutions in to action, whether it’s the usual stop smoking, get fit, or even something slightly more out there like learn a decent party trick.
But how many of you managed to stick to yours for 2013? I’ve been asking around the Very HQ to see who gets a gold star and who needs to try a bit harder!
So what’s yours for 2014? Is it the same as it is every year, even though you never quite stick to it? Well this time it’s different – you’re not going to give up by mid-February! Want to know why? Because I’ve come up with a list of dos and don’ts, obviously! So read these, sign up and then stick at it.
- Get friends involved by telling everybody. Going it alone only means nobody will be there to call you out on it when you decide to quit. If everyone knows you’re trying to give up smoking, the moment you reach for a cigarette all eyes will be on you. The shame alone will act as a deterrent to help you kick that habit. Same with any other resolution so spread the word!
- Make it realistic. If you’ve never run before, don’t decide to take on a marathon every weekend because when you fail (or more likely, pull several muscles) you’ll feel bad and that’s a sure fire route to getting disheartened and giving up.
- Reward yourself every time you achieve your goals. Obviously don’t have a massive chocolate cake every time you complete a workout or smoke 20 cigarettes after a week nicotine free. Put a pound in a jar, treat yourself to a manicure or set aside all the money you’ve saved giving something up to buy that dress that caught your eye. Positive reinforcement!
- Launch in at 100 miles an hour. Seriously, you’ve spent the past month lolling around, eating drinking and generally being merry. Subjecting your body to a sudden onslaught will only make you want to give up a lot sooner.
- Introduce things gradually. If you’re trying to get fit go for a jog 2 times a week, then next add in a yoga class and steadily start the healthy eating. It takes around 12 weeks to make something into a habit, so build up your new and improved routine over that time.
- Don’t get disheartened. If you trip up, accidentally slip back in to your old habits or fall off the wagon in spectacular style, it doesn’t matter, just keep going. Don’t see it as starting over again either – whether it’s stopping a bad habit or learning a new hobby, these things take time.
With these tips in mind, here are a few of the Very teams for 2014! Don’t forget to let us know your resolution plans below too, love Aimee x
P.s I write about running and my fitness goals over at my Honorary Scouse blog if you need some motivation!
Resolutions Revealed graphics by Sara Yates (@Sarah_Very)
8th January 2014
Written by Very_Lauren