Some people say it takes three months to form a new habit. While this is debatable, it certainly takes more than a week, John Kalinowski, life coach and mindfulness experts, says. Accept that you’re going to fall off track from time to time and that’s OK. “You just have to get right back on track.”
The sooner you do it, the better; otherwise the vicious cycle of engaging in unhealthy behavior and trying to change it, but giving up after a week starts all over again, he adds. “Allow slips but keep your focus on your ultimate goal.”
The most important trick is to keep reminding yourself that you’re taking care of yourself, Kalinowski says. No one cares more about your mental and physical health than you. Your body certainly doesn’t care about anybody else. Ask yourself whether what you’re trying to achieve is important to you and you only. It’s OK to be selfish like that.
About half of Americans want to lose weight but only about a quarter are even trying, according to a Gallup poll. The numbers are not that different when it comes to other non-fitness related goals. Regardless of what you wish to achieve next year, the tips for not giving up are fairly common.
Research shows that only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Be the exception in 2017.