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Weight loss tips: Five ways to get motivated this New Year

December 16, 2013 - Psychology

motivation 167626995Don’t let your goodwill fade along with the festive season. The New Year is a perfect time to get motivated and make a change.

Christmas over-indulgences combined with cold dark evenings make January a notoriously difficult month to keep your drive and enthusiasm up – but don’t pack your goals away with the tree and tinsel. Follow our five easy steps to get motivated this New Year.

New year, new you
Even if 2013 didn’t quite go to plan, acknowledge the challenges, and then draw a line firmly underneath them. The start of the New Year is the perfect opportunity to embrace new beginnings and leave the past – along with those bad habits and negative feelings – behind.

Focus on the great
When Christmas is over, the family has gone home, and it’s back to work, try to remember that it’s not just the end of something, it’s the start of something new. Yes, the festive period takes some beating, but there is plenty more to look forward to in 2014. The days are getting longer for a start! What have you achieved with your weight loss so far? Are you planning on catching up with the friends you missed over the holidays? Going abroad on holiday this year?

Write a list of the amazing things you’ve achieved this year – and then make a list of what you want to want to do in 2014. This will help keep you focused on the good things.

Be realistic
The start of the year is a great time to evaluate the progress you’ve made, and to revaluate where you want to be. But be realistic about what you want to achieve. Don’t set too many goals, or you could risk feeling overwhelmed about what’s ahead and you’ll stumble before you’ve even started. Focus on one or two aspects that are important to you, and the best way of getting there.

Variety is the spice of life
Make fun and exciting New Year’s resolutions that are a pleasure and not a chore to stick to. Instead of feeling resentment at giving something up, why not take up that evening pottery class you’ve always wanted to try? Or a different exercise class? How about learning to cook a new meal for your family every week?

Get inspired
Think about exactly which activities and behaviours really inspire you to pick yourself up and move forward. For some, engaging in social media sites to share success stories and photographs may leave them feeling great. Others may find fresh air or a quick walk around the block is enough to stop negative feelings setting in. Learn what makes you happy, and find time to do it every day.

Whatever you’re doing this New Year’s Eve, remember that it’s just the beginning of a new chapter, and a new chance to get things right for yourself.

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