If you're one of those people who can't seem to stick to your healthy New Year's resolutions, you're not alone. Studies show nearly a quarter of New Year's
resolvers give up on their goals within a week.
Finding motivation to reach your health goals after the holiday food-induced coma is never easy, and working up the drive to walk back into work after
having time off can be challenging. Combining both of these, like most do right after New Year's, can be a setup for failure.
Diet resolutions fail because people set paralyzing goals aiming for vague results. How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm going to eat healthier
this year," but nothing seems to change about that person's diet? Maybe you've caught yourself falling for the same trap when the new year rolls around.
Make your goal specific
Instead of "this will be the year I eat healthy and get in better shape," say, "I will eat a low-fat wrap for lunch three times a week instead of a cheeseburger."
Burch break rooms have many healthy food options like wraps and salads to help you reach your New Year's goals.
The first statement is too broad and the timeframe too long and unmanageable. The second statement is a plan for action. The timeframe is limited, and
the goal is attainable and realistic but leaves some wiggle room. This goal will not judge you if you don't lose five pounds within the first week
After a few weeks of sticking with a small resolution, you'll be ready to add more. Maybe you want to walk an extra ten minutes at home. Or maybe you'd
rather focus on having a piece of fresh fruit for your daily snack.
Find fresh fruit options like bananas or oranges in your Burch breakroom.
The key is to develop several habits over time. Don't overwhelm yourself with a bunch of new rules all at once. An all-or-nothing mentality is why so many
Start planning now
Research also suggests those who plan their goals well before the midnight deadline are more successful than those who wait. The keyword is plan.
Plan out how you can overcome potential pitfalls -- like eating fast food when you're short on time. You may want to also consider how you'll react to
spontaneous events. What will you eat if you wake up late or if you're eating on the run?
These don't have to be official plans, but contemplating your reaction now will help you in the moment.
Tell someone about your goals, and ask them to hold you accountable. Maybe a work buddy would be willing to join you on your journey. You could also develop
a rewards system, or find one online. An active support system is integral to your success.
Having realistic goals, plans and support in place before the final countdown of 2016 will give you the confidence and motivation you need to start 2017
with a fresh mindset.