Starting The New Year Off On The Right Foot
Are you ready for 2018? Were you able to accomplish everything you wanted to in 2017? Did you meet your weight loss goal? Or maybe you started taking steps towards losing weight in preparation for surgery? Below are the dietitian’s top 5 tips to help you start your New Year right!
#1. Start fresh.
Dig through your pantry and refrigerator and place any “undesirable” food items in a box. Take that box to a local church or shelter for donations. Then, head to the grocery store and pack your pantry and refrigerator full of healthy options to get you started on the right foot in 2018! Some great refrigerator staples include: low fat cheese stick, low-sugar Greek yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, and turkey pepperonis. Great items to stock your pantry with include: protein bars, low-sodium beef jerky, and low sodium canned chicken.
#2. Set small, attainable goals to focus on in 2018.
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”
– Brian Tracy
Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timed-bounded.
Some great health goals to focus on in 2018 include:
I will increase my hydrating fluids by 16 oz. per day.
I will decrease my starch intake to 1 serving per day.
I am going to start walking for 30 minutes 3 times per week.
#3. Get Accountability.
Find something/someone to hold you accountable to your healthy goals/lifestyle for 2018. Use a food journal for better accountability with your diet (then bring it to your doctor or dietitian for review). Another great form of accountability is a workout partner. Having a regular workout partner helps you stay accountable for your workouts by committing yourself to another person; think of it like a meeting that you have to attend!
#4. Try Something New.
Trying new things can help to motivate you towards reaching your health goals as well as incorporate more variety in your new healthy lifestyle. It can be something as simple as trying a new workout class or a new low carb recipe (zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice anyone?). Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new this year!
#5. Remember what you are working for.
Setting a reward can significantly impact your motivation and effort towards reaching your healthy goals. Remember that black dress you saw that would be perfect for the high school class reunion but was just a tad too tight or the pant size that you always wanted to be? Or maybe you are hoping to be able to play co-ed baseball with your coworkers this coming summer. What is going to drive you to reach your 2018 goals? Remember where you started and always remember that you can do it!