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Be Realistic.


I’m not really sure how it happened, but 2012 is here!  It is a fresh start and an opportunity for many people to put 2011 behind them while working toward new goals in the New Year.  Now is the time to decide on the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions.  These resolutions often suggest that just because it’s January 1st you’ll be able to dramatically change your life.  People believe that due to a calendar change their mind, body, personality, mood, etc. will be different, but this can often set them up for failure.  Another mistake that people make is being too vague when deciding on a resolution.  If someone makes a goal to “lose weight” or “get healthier” these don’t have defined meanings and it is easy to either fall off track or give up all together.  If you want to take your NYR seriously, here are some fail proof steps to follow:

  1. Make an attainable goal – instead of “losing weight,” decide on a specific amount in set period of time such as five pounds in five weeks.  Create a set workout routine and pay close attention to what you are eating.  By the second week in February you should have met your goal.  Then you can readjust your goal if you like, but you should also enjoy your success.
  2. Narrow your focus – it is easy to want to better your health while also reorganizing your home and plant a garden and run a 5k, but in reality these goals combined are too overwhelming and you may end up falling short of reaching any.
  3. Prioritize – this coincides with not being vague.  Since you may want to do all of the activities listed above, but thinking about them together seems discouraging, try to see which ones are reasonable and how long it will take to accomplish them.  Becoming healthier needs more clarification.  For example, make a goal to walk/run at least six to eight miles per week or to decrease your cholesterol/body fat percentage/waistline by a defined amount.  Then, while continuing to keep your health goals or even increasing them, slowly start organizing rooms in your home by tackling one area at a time.  As the weather gets warmer, start a small garden or plant some fresh herbs in pots in your kitchen.  Now that you’ve been working on and achieving your other goals you can focus your attention on a new one like tackling a 5k or an even longer race.
  4. Let yourself be proud of your accomplishments – the best part of setting smaller, more attainable goals is that you can actually achieve them and feel a sense of accomplishment instead of setting yourself up for failure.

 

Remember, 2012 is twelve months long.  You do not have to make a resolution and have it completed by January 31st.  If you’re serious about making some healthy changes in the New Year really think about goals that you can set and achieve.  Give yourself a reasonable amount of time and keep in mind that just because the year changed, doesn’t mean that your schedule will.  Your mindset and motivation combined with realistic goals are what will make you successful in 2012.   Happy New Year!!

 

-Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

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Be A Baby.


We are only 5 days into the new year and I have already heard so many people talking about their goals for the new year. While setting goals is an important part of making progress, I often find that people have set goals that lead to failure. Many times this is because we set really large long term goals and neglect to identify the baby steps that are going to move us towards those goals. Just the other day I saw a (slightly scary) statistic that found that only 20% of people are able to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions.

So how do we become part of that elite 20%?
We can’t expect ourselves to do complete 360′s overnight just because we set a goal for it. When thinking about your long term goals, identify small, measurable, baby steps that will move you towards your larger goal. Over time, those baby steps add up!

An Example:
Long term goal- get  a better job
Baby steps-Make 2 contacts in the field I want to work in by January 30th, Send 5 resumes out by January 15th, Follow up with all sent resumes within 1 week of sending them, Attend 3 conferences that will advance my professional value by September 2011.

As you can see, each of those baby steps would move you towards the long term goal of getting a better job, but the baby steps are more measurable and manageable.

 

Post a comment: What are the baby steps of your long term goal?

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Accountable.


Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. As you can see by my lack of blogging, it has been a crazy past few weeks. But here we are, another year come and gone if you can believe it. I am currently working on my resolutions for 2011 and while I did decent on my 2010 resolutions, I really need something to keep me accountable.

One of the best ways to be accountable is to get backup and support to help you along the way. So tell your friends, coworkers, family members, neighbors, mailman, anyone you can think of what you are trying to accomplish. If a bunch of people know what you are trying to do, they’ll be more apt to check in on your progress and keep you motivated.

So now, I need some help with my goals! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is around blogging. I will blog 3 days a week. There it is, in writing, and you all read it so now help keep me accountable!

 

Post a comment: What helps to keep you accountable?

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

 

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Be Lost.


Most of us know that you need to cut calories to lose weight, but just how much cutting will it take to help you achieve your weight loss goals?

The simple answer: in order to lose 1 pound of weight, you need a 3500 calorie deficit. This caloric deficit can come from cutting calories from your diet, or expending more calories through exercise. Ideally, weight loss is best achieved by a combination of both.

In other words if your weight loss goal is 10 pounds in 3 months, you will need to a 35,000 calorie deficit over the course of those 3 months. Broken down, you will need to expend and cut an extra 389 calories every day.

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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