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New Year – Old Resolutions


As you ring in the New Year, are you making new resolutions – or carrying over the old resolutions from 2014? Studies show that just 8% of people stick with their New Year’s Eve Resolution. This year, you can be one of them!

The most common resolution is to “lose weight,” which should be simple to achieve – right? All you need to do is eat less and move more. Then why is it so difficult?

One reason so many people miss the end zone for New Year’s Eve resolutions is that the resolution is either too big or too fuzzy. A weight loss goal that is too big may be an unrealistic loss (lose 20 pounds per month) fitness habit (exercise one hour every day) or nutritional goal (stop eating all carbs). A resolution that is too fuzzy is one that isn’t well-defined such as simply “lose weight.” How much weight? By when? How will you tackle that weight loss?


Here are a few ways to make your resolutions stick

  • Limit the number of resolutions. A laundry list of 20 things you want to change about yourself is too overwhelming. Try making two or three goals for the New Year.

  • Baby steps. Take that fuzzy exercise goal and break it into bite-sized pieces. Join a fitness class at the community center. Walk the dog for half an hour after dinner. Go out dancing once per week. Commit to parking far away from the entrance when you go to work or go shopping.

  • Be specific. Take that unrealistic goal and make it specific. Turn “no snacking” into “no potato chips” or “no ice cream” or “no snacking in front of the TV.” Turn “exercise daily” into “lift weights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.” Make your resolution something you can measure and track.

  • Make it public. Share your resolutions with your family. Post your goal and your progress on social media. Tell your friends so they can support you on your journey.

  • Hit the re-set button. If you fall off the wagon, don’t drop your resolution. Forgive yourself and start over. Nobody’s perfect!





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