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Mid-Year Resolutions: The New “Thing” and 5 Ways to Keep Them

Well over half of 2016 has passed. How are you holding up with the oh-so-famous mantra, “New Year, New Me?” Do you even remember what your resolutions are?

It’s okay if you don’t. We’ve all done it. We make this grand new year’s resolution, start doing what we set out to do, maybe even keep it up for over a month… and then we just stop, for whatever reason.

Well guess what. It’s not too late to start them back up! Here are a few tips to get you started on your mid-year resolutions:

1. You don’t have to wait until 2017

Just because over half of the year is over, it does not mean to continue doing the things you swore you would stop doing this year. Of course, it takes time to get back on track, but do use this “delay” to do some re-evaluation and planning.

2. Remember why you wanted that resolution

Sometimes I feel like new year’s resolutions can get so…fad-dy. (Is that even a word?) Well, what I’m trying to get at is sometimes I feel like we make these resolutions because it seems like it’s the thing to do. It’s well worth to really think about the reasoning, purpose, and determination behind your resolution, and whether or not your heart was really into it.

3. Think S.M.A.R.T.

Resolution is formally defined as “the firm decision to do or not do something,” or “an answer or solution to something.” Great. We know the solution to one of the most common new year’s resolution (weight loss), but how exactly are you going to do that?

S.M.A.R.T. goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. It is a concept taught to us as social workers when working with clients. It’s not enough to simply say “I want to get a bikini body!” You don’t need to go type A on your goals, but a plan to achieve them certainly helps. So instead of generic statements (when it comes to weight loss), maybe think about how many pounds you want to shed per week, the duration and frequency of what you’re willing commit to the gym per week, how to portion out your food per meal per day, etc.  And while this seems like a structured method, keep it flexible! Trust me when I say you don’t want to eat salad every dinner! 😉

4. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip

It happens. Life happens. Being a young professional just starting out my career, I go through transition after transition and I have a tendency to fall off from a good habit from time to time. And it’s okay! It’s not the end of the world. Just don’t give up. Again, use the time to re-evaluate, plan, and shift things around so you can make your goals S.M.A.R.T. again.

5. You don’t have to do it alone

Going back to the weight loss example…if you feel like you’ve been working really hard but haven’t progressed (like me at one point), don’t let your pride get in the way. Go to a dietitian, ask a friend who makes continuous progress, and most importantly, surround yourself with people who will support you through your ups and downs! Some people may not understand your journey or why you’re even on it, but they don’t have to as long as they continue to encourage you and bring you up!

Did you set a new year’s resolution? If so, share below whether you’ve kept it or ditched it! Are you thinking about a new mid-year resolution?

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4 Comments

  1. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    July 1, 2016 at 8:19 am

    SMART GOALS! We do those at work to keep productive and track them “quarterly” which is actually more like 12 times a year since we have “check ins” every month. You may give me a reason to actually like SMART goals now 🙂

    1. Donna May

      Donna May

      July 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Lol awesome! 🙂 When I was seeing a dietitian, I don’t think I knew back then that she was also using SMART goals with me. It totally worked and is still working now!

  2. Amanda

    Amanda

    July 1, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Yes, THIS! Resolutions (which, I think, are better thought of as goals because resolutions are practically made to be broken) can be made any darn day you realize the time for a change is now. These are great guidelines, thank you!

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