How do you make your New Year's resolutions stick?
Well, you could choose not to make a New Year's resolution, which one of us does and the other doesn't.
But if you're like zillions of other women, one of your New Year's resolutions will be to lose weight or get in shape.
Have you ever wondered what "get in shape" means?
What kind of shape?
Or the unattainable-by-natural-methods 36-24-36?
So let's just say that your New Year's resolution will be to lose weight or get in shape.
The first way to make your New Year's resolution stick is to be honest and realistic about your expectations. If you are overweight, take baby steps. Don't try to eliminate 2,000 calories a day or hang out at the gym for 12 hours a day. Eat healthy. Exercise in moderation.
If you wanted a better return on your investment, you would probably consult with a financial advisor. Likewise, when you attempt to lose weight or achieve better health, consult with your doctor or a personal trainer.
Make a plan and write it down. Include in your plan "baby steps" by breaking your New Year's resolution into one-month increments so that it's not so overwhelming. When you complete the first month, reward yourself. If we are still going with the weight loss resolution, be careful to choose a reward that's not edible. At the end of the plan, write how achieving this resolution will make you a healthier person. At the end of 2009, dream of a a big prize to bestow upon yourself for successfully achieving your New Year's resolution. If you want that piece of chocolate cake now -- or the whole chocolate cake, which I doubt you will at this point -- by all means, grab your fork and dig in.
Keep a journal of your progress. Write down what you are thankful for:
"I am thankful that I didn't barf on my personal trainer."
"I am thankful I walked around the block today."
"I am thankful I ran a mile today."
Find an Internet buddy or a friend to whom you can report your findings. When you are reporting your progress to someone, it makes you more accountable. Don't hesitate to let us know if you need some help. Email us at and we will share a private email address with you so that your information is strictly confidential.
Be flexible. Even if you don't achieve the intended goal, embrace the other changes that you made along the way. If weight loss was your goal and you didn't hit your mark, congratulate yourself for hitting the gym three times a week and strengthening your body.
All that being said, we would rather see you stick it to New Year's resolutions and just stay healthy. We love you the way you are.
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