The calendar has flipped and 2018 is here! Many Profile members are already
hard at work on their New Year's resolutions. In many cases, that
means breaking old habits and adopting new ones. Setting good habits can
be a powerful way to achieve your goals and stay focused. Whether your
goal is changing a bad habit or implementing a new one, here are some
steps you can take to ensure your habit will stick:
1. Start Small
Work on one change at a time and select goals that are attainable and
realistic. For example, if you are new to exercise, make it your goal
to take a walk three times per week, rain or shine, for at least 15 minutes.
You don’t even have to go to the gym; many Profile members take
their walks over the lunch break. Each week, slowly add 5-10 minutes until
you meet your goal of 150 minutes of activity each week.
2. Put Your Plan In Writing.
You’re more likely to hold yourself accountable if you put your
goal in writing. When putting your plan on paper, remember to include details:
- A specific length of time with start and end dates
- Your reasons (motivations) for changing
- Any obstacles you may face
- Strategies to overcome potential obstacles
Make note of how you feel at the beginning of your journey and throughout
the process. There’s a good chance you’ll feel better each
day and will intrinsically motivate you to continue this new habit going forward.
3. Identify A Support System
It’s okay to lean on friends, family, co-workers or your Profile
coach to support you and hold you accountable. From finding an exercise
buddy to letting your co-workers know that you’re no longer indulging
in break room snacks, you’ll find that people are happy to help
motivate you and keep you on track.
4. Reward Yourself
When setting your goal, identify certain milestones in your journey. Reward
yourself regularly. You lost 30 pounds? Take yourself shopping for new
clothes. You finally hit your 150-minute activity goal? Treat yourself
to a movie and pack your own healthy snacks. These little motivators do
wonders to help you continue to reach for that next milestone.
You’ll learn many things about yourself during your weight loss journey,
including how you manage your habits. Remember that change doesn’t
happen overnight, so give yourself the gift of time to be successful in
your habit change process and you'll start to notice those New Year's
resolutions coming to fruition.