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Staying on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:40 pm

As we head into 2017, Plymouth Rock Assurance wants to make sure you’re staying on track with your New Year’s resolutions. We called in the experts at Work Out World for some advice. Here is what they had to say:

Whether your goals are to get in shape or read more books, our checklist will help you stay on track no matter what you’re working toward!

Start Small. Do you feel like the first month toward your new goal has been a struggle? Don’t worry, this feeling is common. It may be because you are looking too far ahead at your 2017 goal. You may find it easier to start small, accomplishing a new goal periodically, which will lead to your ultimate goal. This is especially important if you are starting something completely new. For example, if your goal is to run a 10k by the end of the year, you may need to start small now, which may require walking and jogging short distances. Achieving these small goals first will help you build toward your ultimate goal.

Revisit Your Goals. It’s important to re-evaluate your resolution throughout the year. Pick a timeline for your shorter goals; maybe the first of each month will be when you decide to re-evaluate your progress.

Cooking/eating healthier. Start by adding healthier snacks first. After a month, evaluate how you have done and adjust your goal to something more challenging like packing a lunch every day to go along with your healthier snacks. You could also consider creating a food journal. You don’t want to get stuck on your small goals along the way, so your monthly or weekly evaluation will help you continue to challenge yourself to reach your ultimate goal.

Find a support system. Creating new habits can be difficult, so be sure to share your resolutions with some friends or family. A strong support system will not only keep you accountable, but will be there for a little motivation when you need it. You also never know who may have previously tried accomplishing a similar goal and has tips to share. There also may be someone who wants to achieve a goal but doesn’t want to go it alone.

Aim for progress, not perfection. Always remember, staying on track with your New Year’s resolution is about progress, not perfection. Life happens and you may have an off day in the gym, encounter a kitchen mishap or fall behind on your reading list. Whatever your resolution, remember not to beat yourself up when you go off track. Tomorrow is always a new day to try again. Each day is important to move toward your goals!

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