Let’s get real with ourselves. When it comes to our health and wellness goals, making a New Year’s resolution is a serious crutch. Goal setting is never a bad thing, but why are we limiting ourselves to one resolution a year? If we want to stay in shape and be our best selves, there are a few steps we take toward staying motivated all year long.

Find a Support Group
Keeping accountability on your own can be difficult so finding a small group of people with similar goals is key. You can start by taking weekly measurements and sharing weekly progress photos with your accountability group. Sharing these photos with your accountability group will give you a weekly incentive. Besides, a little healthy competition never hurt anyone.

Realize Eating Healthy Is Not a Diet Or a Trend, It’s a Lifestyle
Keeping track and measuring your caloric intake at least five days a week is a must. If you do not have time to do your own meal prep, there are several meal prep delivery services that cater to your preferences. It is very important to consult with a nutritionist or a nutritional app to make sure your wellness and fitness goals are in alignment. If you are asking yourself, “Does this mean I have to change my dirty habits for good?” The answer is yes! You are allowed, of course, to have an occasional cheat day. It is important to start considering how food plays a role in your energy levels and brain function (both needed to complete great workouts). You can do yourself a favor by stocking your fridge and cabinets with foods that fuel your body and resist the temptation to purchase snacks high in sugar and saturated fats.

Reward Yourself For Reaching Your Goals
If you accomplish your goal of losing six pounds in two weeks, feel free to give yourself a spa day or to purchase a new dress to celebrate the small victory. Acknowledging the good feelings associated with your progress will form a healthy addition to reaching your fitness goals. Keep in mind that the number on the scale is not always a reflection of your health. The most important thing is balance and being in a position to do the things you enjoy without being hindered by your mental or physical health. So start today and remember…No Excuses.

By Tiffany Toney