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How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when everyone is focusing on improving themselves in some way. Whether it be weight loss, getting organized, spending more time with friends, or eating more veggies, we all have a goal in mind when the new year comes around. Unfortunately, the odds are not in our favor:

  • About 25% of people abandon their resolution after the first week in January
  • Only half of us keep it up for 6 months
  • People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
  • A small 10% of people are able to turn the new year resolution into a lifetime change

So how to stick to your new year’s resolutions and be one of those people who has success and meaningful change in their life? Start with our tips on how to set some goals around your resolutions and get on the fast track to becoming a better YOU!

1. Focus on You

While this may sound selfish, what we mean is focus on resolutions that you really want, not that others say you should do. If you choose a goal that you think is important for your life, you are more likely to stick with it and find success in the long run. And pick something that will really make your life better for you; this will make you a better person all around and then you can positively impact and inspire the people around you to be better, too!

2. Start Small

Don’t make a list of too many resolutions; you’ll get overwhelmed and are more likely to be one of those many people who give up too soon. Stick with one or two. And make them small and manageable. For example, instead of just saying “lose weight”, say “eat one green smoothie for breakfast every day”. Drinking a green smoothie at breakfast is a small goal that will help you lose weight naturally and you’ll be able to focus on one meal of the day and achieve success quickly. Building in one small change like this will lead you to make other healthy lifestyle choices later in the year.

3. Talk About It

While you don’t have to tell everyone at work or blast your Twitter and Facebook feeds with every detail of your resolution, you should enlist the help of a friend, spouse, or coworker to keep you on task. Choose someone who is supportive of your goal and will give you positive feedback along the way, but a little tough love if you fall off track. Or choose a person who has the same goal as you. For example, if your goal is to “work out more”, start by building in a 20 minute walk during lunch or after dinner. Talk to a coworker and schedule some time together daily, or ask one of your neighbors to meet you at the park after dinner is done. It’s proven that when people have a partner for their resolution, they are more likely to have success.

 

4. Write It Down

And no we don’t mean write a sticky note that says “lose weight” and stick it on the fridge! Take some time to sit down and make a plan so that you have some tangible action items, which will lead to greater success for your resolutions. For example, if your resolution is to “eat more veggies”, start by looking at your weekly meal plan and downloading some recipes that sound good to you. Then pick a day of the week where you’ll go shopping for all of your veggies – maybe it’s Sunday evening or Thursday after work. Write down what veggies you’ll need for lunches, some veggies that you can eat for snacks, and any other vegetables that you want to have on hand for an easy dinner. Once you’ve got your list, and a real plan, you will be able to stick to it much easier and turn it into a real lifestyle change. Pretty soon it won’t even feel like a resolution and more like a part of your everyday healthy life!

5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

We all have a slip up every now and then, but don’t let this completely derail your new year’s resolution plan. Stay away from beating yourself up and pick up where you left off. If your goal was to work out 5 times a week and you got sick or had to deal with a family crisis or work deadline, just build a workout in as soon as you can. Even if it is a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood! You’ll feel better that you did something and you’re more likely to get on track again instead of completely giving up. If you find that you keep missing workout times, maybe choose a different day or time to work out. Modify your goals so that you can have some easy wins and get in the habit of making a better YOU!

You can be one of the successful people who stick to their resolutions and turn them into a lifestyle change. Just follow our steps and find a better you in 2016!

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Hi! I'm Walt Landi the founder and CEO of Viance Nutrition. Welcome to our Blog. I maintain this Blog as a free resource for anyone wishing to improve their health. Your comments and feedback are always welcomed and you can email me direct at walt@viance.com if you have any suggestions. Thanks. Ps. Spread the word and check out our products at viance.com. :)

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