HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS DURING LENT

If you're anything like me, you'll be stuffing your face full of pancakes today (lemon and sugar mmm), but also making plans about what you want to achieve during Lent. Traditionally Lent is a period of fasting for Christians, and so many people give up chocolate or alcohol for the forty days. You could extend this to other areas of your life, such as quitting smoking, social media or television. As well as cutting things out of your diet or life, you could form a new habit during Lent, such as hitting the gym, eating more vegetables or making an effort to spend more time with family. Think of it as a second chance on those New Years resolutions you gave up on January 4th. Here are my top tips on sticking to your goals:

001. Choose an achievable goal. Look at your New Years resolutions, have you stuck to them or did you give up after a week? If you vowed to hit the gym five times per week, and that didn't fit into your lifestyle, then re-evaluate that goal and pick something more realistic, such as going three times a week.

002. Think about the endgame. Yes it may sound like cutting something out of your diet for forty days will be hard, but think about how it will affect your long term goals. Half a pack of biscuits less each day will certainly help you shed that final stone. Spending less time on social media may help you sleep better and become more productive at work. Focus on why you want to give something up for Lent, not how hard it will be to give it up.

003. Prepare. Remember that old saying your teachers used to crack out around exam time: "Failure to plan is planning to fail." Well that applies to sticking to your goals too. If you're making a diet resolution clear out your cupboards, do a meal plan and a healthy food shop. If you have a big goal, break it down into smaller ones and daily to-do list. Tell your friends and family what your goals are so that they can't tempt you with whatever it is you're trying to give up.

004. Keep track of your progress. Grab a cute little notebook and jot down all your little victories. Didn't go out for a drink with your colleagues last night? Great, that means you won't be hungover and will get through your work twice as fast as them. Went to the gym? Brilliant, note down how it made you feel after and look at this whenever you feel yourself slipping. Equally as important is rewarding yourself. If you cut out television plan to do other things you enjoy but never have time for, such as taking a bath or catching up with and old friend. 

005. Don't give up. One slip doesn't mean that you have to quit, just accept that you made a mistake and move on. Evaluate why you slipped up, and try to avoid getting in the same situation again. For example, did you order takeaway because there was no food in the house? Make a better meal plan. Did you have that cigarette because you were stressed at work? Find someone you can call when you need to take your mind off things. Don't beat yourself up about failures, just try harder tomorrow. 

I'm giving up the three T's: Town, taxis and takeaways for forty days and participating in the DW 40 days of fitness challenge, you can follow my progress on twitter @nishKpatel What are you giving up/ resolving to do for Lent?

12 comments:

  1. I have to admit I've never given anything up for Lent before, perhaps I should give it a whirl - I can imagine the discipline it brings is useful. x

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    1. You should try it, I've been doing it for a few years now and I find it a useful way to achieve my larger goals x

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  2. For the last two lent's I took up exercise. 20 minutes a day for 40 days and it was brilliant. I can't wait to start it again tomorrow!

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    1. It's great that you're looking forward to it! What a positive mindset.. Good luck x

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  3. Love the tips Nisha! Definitely inspired me to run to Paperchase and buy a cute notebook to write down my everyday achievements during this years Lent. Thinking of giving up chocolate and biscuits at work.. they are killer! xx

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    1. I definitely agree, I always snack more at work/ uni.. Good luck! Glad you enjoyed the post! X

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  4. The 3 T's ha! good luck with your resolutions, i bet you will save a fortune!

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  5. Great tips! Day 1 of no sweets/crisps/biscuits has occurred.... Here's to the next 39 days! :)

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  6. I am a christian but I totally forgot about this! (well im not practising ) ;) i will do dieting this month!

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