11 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

11 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick

It’s that time of year again; the festivities are over and 2020 is finally behind us.

 

Many of us are keen for a fresh start in 2021 and you may well have entered into the New Year having made resolutions to improve your health and wellbeing.

 

The truth is, it’s not always easy to change old habits or develop new, healthier ones. Statistics show that many of us give up on our resolutions fairly quickly. Much of our work in clinic is focussed on supporting our clients integrate healthy habits into their lifestyle, in a way that will ensure they stick for good.

 

Here are a few tips on how to make your intentions for 2021 last.

 

SET A CLEAR GOAL

Exactly what do you want to achieve? If your goal is to lose weight, get absolutely clear on what your ideal weight looks like to you. How will you feel when you reach your goal weight? What clothes does it mean you’ll be able to fit into? How will it affect the way you feel? Spend time visualising your ideal outcome. A clear vision of our intentions can have a profound effect on helping them manifest.

 

DEFINE HOW YOU’RE GOING TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL

Rather than simply saying “I’m going to eat a healthier diet this year” be specific about what actions you’re going to take in order to achieve this. You might set goals like eating at least five portions of veg every day. Or limiting your alcohol intake to the government’s recommendations of six small glasses of wine (or equivalent) per week maximum. Don’t forget to write them down and track how well you’re progressing in a journal.

 

CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH YOU’LL SUCCEED

If you want to improve your diet, ensure you have plenty of healthy food in your house. Remove foods that might tempt you from deviating from your plan. Find places where you can access healthy food on the go. If you plan to do more exercise, ensure you have trainers that fit properly and kit that makes you feel good. Consider the things you need around you (or need to remove from your environment) in order to help you succeed.

 

DECIDE WHEN TO START

It’s easy to put off starting resolutions but the sooner you can start, the better. That said, if you’re about to take a holiday or have a big event coming up, you might do better to wait until that’s out of the way to give you the best chances of getting off to a good start. Decide on a date when you’re going to start and stick to it.

 

THE RULE OF 21

It was the psychologist Dr Maltz who first said that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit back. However, research from UCL found that it took on average 66 days for a new healthy behaviour to become a habit. Everyone is different but what we do know is that if you can stay motivated in the short term then it won’t take long for a new behaviour to become a long term healthy habit.

 

MAKE IT ENJOYABLE

Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is so much easier to stick to if it’s enjoyable. Rather than resorting to dull iceberg lettuce salads, find some ideas for healthy and tasty meals that you will enjoy. There are many great websites, recipe books and social media pages to refer to for healthy meal inspiration. If you enjoy your new, healthier diet you’re far more likely to stick to it long term.

 

BE REALISTIC

If you want to keep to your healthy eating resolutions long term it’s important to be realistic. Saying ‘I will never touch chocolate again’ will most likely make you crave it even more. Instead, introduce considered treats into your diet. For instance, if you have a sweet tooth, you might allow yourself a small sweet treat a couple of times a week. Or plan for a treat meal once a week where you eat whatever you like.

 

RECOGNISE YOUR PROGRESS

If you have a big goal, such as losing a large amount of weight, it can be easy to get disheartened when you think about how far you still have to go. But it’s important to recognise how far you’ve come and what you have already achieved. Write down your weight and measurements weekly and make time to reflect on your progress along your journey.

 

REWARD YOURSELF IN HEALTHY WAYS

Determine at what milestones you’ll reward yourself and how you’ll do it. Some of our clients choose to reward themselves with a non-food treat every time they lose a stone. Make a list of things you can reward yourself with as you hit milestones towards your ultimate goal. This could be booking in for a massage, treating yourself to a new handbag or whatever works for you.

 

CREATE POSITIVE PRESSURE TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED

It’s easy to start out motivated by a new goal but as time passes, that motivation can slip. What can you do to stay motivated? Find someone to support you. That person can hold you accountable to your goals as well as encouraging you to stay focussed when things get challenging. This could come from a qualified professional, a friend or family member, a Facebook support group.

 

IF YOU SLIP UP, START AGAIN

Sometimes we all experiences circumstances that can lead to us deviate from our plan. If this happens, do your best to get back on track as quickly as possible. In a few weeks time a small slip up will seem minor. Don’t be too hard on yourself or allow it to prevent you from achieving your end goal.

 

If you feel that you could benefit from some guidance and support in achieving your health New Years resolutions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.