• Perla Tiburcio

Tips for keeping your New Year's resolution on track

Want a sign to keep making an effort to complete your journey for your New Year’s resolution? Well here it is: A month of this year has gone by already, so have you been staying on track with your resolutions? Starting off the New Year with many goals you want to accomplish for a physical or mental change can take a lot of time, effort, and motivation.

The first step to getting started on any New Year’s resolution is to know what you are going to do. If you have to, write it down somewhere you often look so it can serve as a reminder of your yearly goals for 2020. Here are some tips to remember how you can keep your goals in a reasonable consistency if you are trying to lose weight, do more exercising, or even just simply eat healthier.

Planning your day, breaks, routines, and even your meal plans is a good way to feel accomplished at the end of the day. Plan accordingly for what you need to do so at the end of the day you know you are another day closer to keeping consistency that is important to getting you closer to your goal.

One simply cannot wake up and have his or her goals completed in one day. It takes time - a whole load of it actually - for an individual to show growth physically and mentally. We all get busy with school, work, and even house responsibilities, but we can all manage to slip in a little change into our day. If you don’t work early, go for a run or get up earlier than usual to make yourself a healthy smoothie simply to ease your appetite. The point is to do whatever you can to make your day longer in a positive way. Time doesn’t stop and can never be regained, so use it more effectively. You can start of by getting out of bed earlier than usual and doing something you had already planned to do that day, instead of wasting time in your bed doing nothing important that doesn’t get you any closer to your goal.

It takes effort in a consistent routine for your body to slowly get accustomed. Once your body gets accustomed to the new changes, you will make your daily routine. At first you will find it hard to put in any effort to a new change into your day. Don’t think about the effort a task takes, but think about what you will have accomplished by doing so. If exercising is what lacks effort, think about how you will feel after completing a workout you didn’t put aside for another day.

Motivation is a major key when you want to accomplish a goal. If motivation is not there, then you will lack the initiative to complete any of your New Year’s resolution. It is not easy getting motivated on your own, so create an exercise group with your closest friends or with your family members. Get them to help serve as a guide to keep your resolutions in progress so that in the end they can see your progress as much as you can see yours. The most important thing is to surround yourself with a positive and loving environment.