It’s almost 2016! Start the year off right with a few small, manageable healthy lifestyle changes that can make all the difference. Check out how our 2015 iTAN Models make realistic New Year’s health and beauty resolutions.
1. What were your best achievements in the last year?
Clarissa: My best 2015 achievements were graduating from college and continuing to grow my personal training business. On a smaller scale, my accomplishments include continuing to reach my fitness aspirations and goals, and pushing myself to be open to new opportunities.
Alejandro: I’ve had great experiences where I had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes, but I feel these experiences have made me a wiser, more mature person. Also, winning the 2015 iTAN Model Search has been an amazing ride!
2. What’s the best way to build healthy New Year’s resolutions that stick?
Lindsey: I think being realistic in your resolutions and not getting discouraged in yourself is important. It’s okay to acknowledge that achieving your goals is hard and that it takes a lot of dedication.
Adam: Make your New Year’s resolutions realistic and attainable, based on your strengths. I think it helps having friends do them, too!
3. Do you have any tips on holding yourself accountable for New Year’s resolutions?
Clarissa: Making a goal is great, but always make sure that goal is attainable by knowing yourself and your limits. If you have a really big goal, make small ones that lead up to it. It will make tackling that task easier to manage.
Lindsey: I think it’s important to enjoy life even when you are doing things you don’t necessarily love. If you dislike the gym, but still want to get fit, try working out at the beach or make an amazing playlist to jam out to while working out! Some people try to cut certain foods out of their diet as part of their New Year’s resolution, but doing so makes those certain foods more desirable. Instead, limit the quantity and eat them slower so you can enjoy yourself.
4. Have you found any strategies that helped you successfully keep resolutions in the past?
Lindsey: Positivity and being your own cheerleader is important! Making a lifestyle change is hard, so it’s important to not get discouraged.
Adam: When planning a lifestyle change, make sure your activities are also fun and enjoyable.
5. What concrete actions help make a difference for a lasting lifestyle change?
Clarissa: Work hard, eat right and be good to your body! It’s never too late to start. You will be amazed at what your body can do and become!
Alejandro: Be compliant with your goals. If you say you’re going do something, do it! Excuses put us behind on the things we truly want to achieve.
6. Anything else you would like to share with the iTAN communities for this upcoming 2016?
Adam: There are a lot of fun activities that can make your lifestyle better and healthier. For example, getting out to the beach more, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking are just a few!
Alejandro: Learn from what 2015 taught you and put it to practice. 2016 is going to be a promising year! A goal without a plan is just a dream, and sometimes life is about taking risks for a dream that is only visible to you! Happy New Year!