Aisha Fichtner | Junior | Dietetics major | Miami University

Edited by Karolin Saweres, RDN, LD

2018 has started and you probably made some resolutions for yourself—eat healthy, lose weight, finish that project, save more money, etc. However, you may have already broken some of them. Here are some tips on how you can more effectively plan and carry out your resolutions through the rest of the year.

Be Specific

Being specific about your goals will help you understand how you need to go about completing them. For example, you may want to get in shape this year, but you don’t have a real plan on how to do that. Make sure your goals are SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely). An example would be to cook meals at home 5 times a week. Another example would be to workout for 60 minutes 3 times a week.

Take Small Steps

Don’t cold-turkey quit all the bad habits and try to be perfect on day 1. Sticking to your goals takes time and you may have some set backs, and that alright! Let’s say you want to quit drinking soda—try drinking less and less each week. Only allow yourself 3 days a week for soda and then begin lowering that number. Start to replace your bad habits with good ones—when you’re craving soda, opt for unsweetened tea or unsweetened flavored water instead.   

Be Realistic

Don’t give yourself unrealistic goals, like losing 15 pounds in one week or getting abs overnight. If you create these types of goals you’re setting yourself for failure. Do not discourage yourself and make sure to keep your goals realistic and sustainable.

Make Lists

Try making check lists, or even look into bullet journaling, to help you stay on track with your goals. You can make checklists in your planner to track your water intake, food habits, and anything else you’d like to track. This makes it easy to see your progress and helps you stay on track because you’ll want to keep a good streak throughout the week.

Buddy up

Keeping resolutions with a buddy can be extremely helpful. Recruit your best friend, spouse, sibling, etc. to join you on your journey toward a better year. You can keep each other accountable, support each other making it a lot easier to stick to goals. Just make sure you each have your own specific goals that match your needs and abilities.

Ask for help

If you’re serious about getting healthy but don’t know where to start, ask a professional! If you’re starting a new workout plan it may be a good idea to check with your doctor first, especially if you have a health condition. If you want to begin a new diet, a dietitian can help you come up with the best plan for you that works with your budget and lifestyle.