Your New Year Resolution Check-In

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Was 2017 the year you promised yourself you’d take control of your sugar addiction or thought seriously about cutting back on your beloved vinos? You go girl, we’ve totally got your back! The problem is that motivation is one of those things that’s generally pretty easy to come by in January, but as the year kicks on and the month’s tick over, it can easily start to dwindle. But February is the month to re-ignite that motivation and get re-inspired all over again now that Febfast is upon us… the one month a year we can hit pause for a good cause by giving up alcohol, sugar or another vice of your choice to raise money to help support disadvantaged young Australians.

 

Remember, it only takes 21 days to create a habit, so don’t write off all your hard work as something you’ll just do short term. Here are three ways to help you push through when times get tough and cravings for old habits start to strike…

 

Imagine how you will feel…

 

Going cold turkey from anything you’re accustomed to is tough, so whether it’s chocolate, wine or even technology you’re fasting from, don’t focus on the negative feels, but rather concentrate on how you’re going to feel. Happier, more energetic, less stressed, less bloated and clearer skin are the positive things to zone in on when those cravings start to get real. Never forget why you’re doing what you’re doing.

 

Do it with a friend…

 

Enlisting a friend or colleague to take part with you is the easiest way to help hold yourself accountable when those inevitable temptations strike. Whether you’re being lured in by yet another birthday cake in the office or after work drinks, having someone else there to abstain with you will make the whole journey that much more bearable and diminish your likelihood to slip up. 

 

Know your triggers…

 

If you’re spending time around people who are glued to their phones 24/7 when you’re trying to detox from technology, or catching up with a friend at a decadent breakfast locale when you’re vetoing sugar, it’s far more likely to trigger negative habitual behaviours. When forming a new habit, you need to minimise triggers that could potentially cause slip ups so try catching up over a coffee and a walk or ask your dinner guests to kindly leave their phones in their bags instead of on the dinner table.