Keeping Your Resolutions During a Pandemic

By Tabetha Temperley, Center Director, Apple Valley

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for 2022! A new year brings a fresh start and a newfound sense of motivation to strive for new goals! However, it seems that 2022 has as a bit of a grey cloud above it named COVID. Let’s talk about setting and reaching goals during a global pandemic that is almost 2 years old.

This upcoming March marks the 2-year anniversary of a virus that has impacted everyone in many different ways. The changes in the pandemic from day to day can be confusing, upsetting, and distracting which can easily cause us to lose sight of our goals. But let’s recall what the journey to reaching our goals can look like.

The road to reaching our goals is rarely a straight shot to the end goal. Typically, there are bumps and roadblocks along the way. These distractions can be caused by everyday life like work, school, family, holidays, and of course, the elephant in the room – a pandemic.

So, what are some ways that we can work around the bumps, roadblocks, and distractions on the journey to reaching our New Year’s goals? A great resource is your Livea team and your Livea Guide. Talk with your consultants about your goals and the struggles or distractions that you are facing. Your consultants can help problem solve and help you find the best way for you to break through that roadblock or move around the bump in the road to your goals. The last section in the Livea Guide is your wellness workbook. This section reviews goal setting, controlling your environment, positive self-affirmations, and so much more and can help you along the way so you successfully reach your goal.

If you are looking for additional tips to help you keep your New Year’s goals and resolutions continue reading—it might be easier than you think!

5 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Make an Achievable, Yet Specific Resolution

Most “resolutioners” create overarching and broad resolutions. For example, one might say they’d like to “lose weight” or “tone up.” Instead, aim for more achievable and specific resolutions, such as “I want to be able to easily lift 50 lbs. by June” or “I want to lose 20 lbs. before my Spring Break vacation”. Usually, any goal with a specific number or value within a specific time range is more achievable than those without. (1)

Shorten the Time Frame

When making your list of resolutions, break down your largest goals into several, smaller goals that can be more easily achieved throughout the year. For example, say “I will lose 5 lbs. each month” versus “I want to lose 60 lbs. this year”. One large goal may seem daunting and unachievable, but that same amount of weight when broken up month-to-month appears much easier, and it can help you stay on track to success.

Stay Away from Your Usual Resolutions, If Possible

Creating the same list of resolutions year-after-year, that you feel you haven’t reached in the past, may be part of why it’s hard to keep your resolutions. I would encourage you to keep your health-related resolutions, but perhaps try switching up the wording or narrowing down your goals to make your resolution more achievable.

Utilize a Support System (like Livea!)

Sharing your resolutions with others will provide accountability. Maybe you have a friend or family member with similar goals, and you can motivate each other to stay on track all year long. You can also search for an online community to cheer you along. There are plenty of Facebook groups (like our Livea Community page!) or local community groups to support and provide just the camaraderie you need to stick to your goals! Plus, your Livea team is here for you every step of the way to help you stay on track with your health and weight loss goals.

It’s About Progress, Not Perfection

Last but not least, it’s always important to remember that progress and change take time. While we might crave immediate satisfaction, our larger goals take more time to achieve. The path to success won’t be perfect, and you might hit a few bumps along the road, but remember that you are taking the time and energy to better yourself. Don’t be afraid to alter (or completely change) your resolutions to better fit your progress if you need to!

I hope these tips are helpful as you set your goals for the new year while navigating a pandemic! As always, your Livea team is available to help you create and manage your weight loss and wellness goals.

Have a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!