By Alicia Christians, RDN, LD
Hooray! It’s the New Year!
As excited as we are for the next year to begin, and the old one to end, we wouldn’t be able to fully welcome the New Year without our traditional New Year’s resolutions.
Welcoming a new year is a special occasion full of excitement and anticipation for whatever lies ahead. Of course, a resolution goes hand-in-hand with anticipation, as a source of motivation for the year to come! A New Year’s resolution can be any personal goal, but according to YouGov, 50% of those who create a list of resolutions place exercise as their number one goal for the year (1).
So, what happens to those who are making a health-related New Year’s resolution? This same article then reports that by six months later, less than half of “resolutioners” are still keeping up with their goals.
If this situation is sounding all too familiar, it’s important to know that you are not alone in this year-to-year cycle. Continue reading for tips to help you keep your resolutions longer—it might be easier than you think!
5 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
Make an Achievable, Yet Specific Resolution
Most “resolutioners” create overarching and broad resolutions. For example, one might say they’d like to “lose weight” or “tone up.” Instead, aim for more achievable and specific resolutions, such as “I want to be able to easily lift 50 lbs. by June” or “I want to lose 20 lbs. before my Spring Break vacation”. Usually, any goal with a specific number or value within a specific time range is more achievable than those without. (2)
Shorten the Time Frame
When making your list of resolutions, break down your largest goals into several, smaller goals that can be more easily achieved throughout the year. For example, say “I will lose 5 lbs. each month” versus “I want to lose 60 lbs. this year”. One large goal may seem daunting and unachievable, but that same amount of weight when broken up month-to-month appears much easier, and it can help you stay on track to success.
Stay Away from Your Usual Resolutions, If Possible
Creating the same list of resolutions year-after-year, that you feel you haven’t reached in the past, may be part of why it’s hard to keep your resolutions. I would encourage you to keep your health-related resolutions, but perhaps try switching up the wording or narrowing down your goals to make your resolution more achievable.
Utilize a Support System (like Livea!)
Sharing your resolutions with others will provide accountability. Maybe you have a friend or family member with similar goals, and you can motivate each other to stay on track all year long. You can also search for an online community to cheer you along. There are plenty of Facebook groups (like our Livea Community page!) or local community groups to support and provide just the camaraderie you need to stick to your goals! Plus, your Livea team is here for you every step of the way to help you stay on track with your health and weight loss goals.
It’s About Progress, Not Perfection
Last but not least, it’s always important to remember that progress and change take time. While we might crave immediate satisfaction, our larger goals take more time to achieve. The path to success won’t be perfect, and you might hit a few bumps along the road, but remember that you are taking the time and energy to better yourself. Don’t be afraid to alter (or completely change) your resolutions to better fit your progress if you need to!
I hope these tips are helpful as you plan your New Year’s resolutions! As always, your Livea team is available to help you create and manage your weight loss and wellness goals.
Have a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!