Six Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 27th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2oms81me/
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Lots of people make New Year's resolutions but very few people stick to them. Here's how to keep your resolutions all year long.

Make One Resolution At a Time


Starting next week, it will be tough to find an empty treadmill at my gym. People will be flocking to the gym to keep their New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Sadly, most of these people will be gone long before February rolls around. New Year's resolutions are easy to make and easy to break.

But some people do keep their New Year's resolutions. One of my friends took up exercising on New Year's Day 2012 after many years of being a couch potato. He started walking then gradually worked up to jogging. Next spring, he will run his first marathon. If he can do it, so can you.
The first step in making New Year's resolutions is to stick to one at a time. Too many people resolve to lose weight, exercise more, get their finances in shape, be nicer to other people, stop smoking, eat healthier and on and on. It's better to pick one resolution and stick to it than to make several, become overwhelmed and give up on your goals.

Be Specific

Too many people resolve to lose weight, get in shape or eat healthier. But what does this really mean? How much weight do you want to lose? Does getting in shape mean walking 15 minutes every night or training for a marathon?
Instead, be specific. Resolve to lose 10 lbs. by March 1. Eat at least three extra fruits or vegetables each day. Save five dollars a week. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to keep your resolution.

Be Realistic


My friend the runner could never have gotten as far as he did if he had resolved to run a marathon in three months. Resolutions tend to fail if they are unrealistic. Instead, my friend resolved to walk 15 minutes a day and gradually build up his time and pace. He walked two minutes more the second week and so on. By March of 2012, he began jogging a little at a time. Now, he runs hundreds of miles per year.
Set reasonable goals for yourself in other areas of your life, too. For example, if losing weight is a goal, don't resolve to lose 100 lbs. by May 1. Instead, make a resolution to lose 1 lb. per week or even a half pound per week. One pound per week adds up to 52 pounds lost in a year or more than 100 pounds lost over a two-year period.

Write it Down

Write down your resolution on a sticky note or index card. Paste it on your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator or any place where you can see it easily. Some people like to carry the card with them wherever they go.
If you write down the resolution, you will be more likely to keep it. If you only say it aloud, it's too easy to forget your resolution.
Here are some more tips on writing down and keeping your New Year's resolutions:

Seek Support

When you make a New Year's resolution, don't keep it a secret. Tell your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, family members, friends, co-workers and other acquaintances. Ask for their help and support.
You can also seek support online if you are part of online communities such as Facebook or Twitter. An encouraging e-mail from an online friend may be just what you need to keep going on your quest to improve yourself.

Keep on Trying

Many people start off the new year with great enthusiasm for accomplishing their goals. Then, something unexpected happens. A family member gets sick. They need to work overtime. A blizzard prevents them from driving to the gym. They binge on ice cream one stressful night.
This is when many people give up. They figure they've already blown their resolution so why bother. Instead, get back to your resolution as soon as you can. Try your goal again. Don't beat yourself up. You are human, and change isn't easy to accomplish. It may take several tries before you accomplish what you set out to do.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to keep your New Year's resolutions all year long. See you on the treadmill next to me.

If getting in shape is one of your New Year's resolutions, check out this article I did on how to start running
If running a 5K race is your goal for this coming year, check out running your first 5k

Attribution


The video came from Youtube.
The images came from Morguefile.com
This article was based on one I did on Bubblews.

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New Year, New Year 2014, New Years Resolutions, Self-Improvement

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Dec 2013 (#)

great information Connie love...my resolution is not to make any so I cannot break any...ha ha...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Dec 2013 (#)

sharing....well that is a resolution after all for I will keep doing this...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Dec 2013 (#)

u is thee best deer Connie...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Great advice. I don't like NY resolutions, but I frequently have too many goals with no way to keep them all. But one goal -- I can do one goal and be proud of accomplishing that. Thanks for the reminder!! Happy to share -- already did! ;)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

I do not make any New Year Resolution but try to correct course on an ongoing manner. I slowly get used to the change I make in my habits. Thanks Connie for the useful tips - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks, Siva, Carolina and Phyl for all your friendship and support this year. Happy New Year to you all!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
30th Dec 2013 (#)

If I had a New Year's resolution Connie it would be to continue to bless you all whenever I write a comment , as I know in doing that I am blessed in return , and it makes for happy and good relationships .
God Bless You in 2014 .
Stella ><

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author avatar Connie McKinney
30th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks so much, Stella. I am so thankful for all your support and friendship on this site. Happy New Year, and God bless you, also.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Be persistence with your resolutions so you can persevere! Happy New Year Connie and very prosperous one XO

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Jan 2014 (#)

I really enjoyed all of your posts this past 2013 and hope you continue doing it in this 2014, I wish you a Happy and a Prosperous New Year 2014, great job!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you, Fern, for your support. Happy new year to you as well.

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th Jan 2014 (#)

"SMART" - specific, measurable, realistic and Time Bound goals are the best.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Jan 2014 (#)

Very true, Ptrikha. Thanks for sharing.

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