Keeping Your Resolutions

It’s hard to believe, but January is almost over!

If you remember, I wrote about resolutions a few weeks ago. My top resolutions were to lose a few pounds, get more sleep, and be less stressed.

We also asked you to take our poll and let us know what you would like to work on or change this year.

The results were very interesting. Here are the top six results:

  • Lose weight: 50.6%
  • Enjoy life more: 49.4%
  • Stay fit and healthy: 48.3%
  • Spend more time with family and friends: 43.7%
  • Get organized: 43.7%
  • Be less stressed: 42.5%

Now I certainly know how difficult it is to stick to a resolution. To be honest, I’m having trouble with all of my resolutions!

Statistics show that many people have trouble sticking with their resolutions. According to a University of Scranton study, 75% of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46% make it past six months.

The study also stated that 39% of people in their twenties will achieve their resolution each year, while only 14% of people over 50 years of age will achieve theirs.

What can you do to stick to your resolutions? According to lifehack.org, here are some tips:

  • Just pick one thing: You can’t change everything right away. So pick one area of your life to change to begin with. And make it realistic. (This was my big mistake. So now I’m just focusing on losing some weight.) You can’t run a marathon if you’ve never even run down the block.
  • Plan ahead: Do you research so you know what you need to do to achieve your goal. (This was another thing I failed to do. My goal was to lose a few pounds, but I didn’t figure out how I was going to do it.)
  • Anticipate problems and setbacks: Make a list of anticipated problems, and think about what you can do to overcome them.
  • Accept failure: If you don’t do what you wanted to on a given day, don’t give up. Just figure out what happened so that you can try again the next day.
  • Plan rewards: Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going. Think about what incentive will get – and keep – you going.

So, if you’re having trouble with your own resolution, DON’T GIVE UP!

Have a great day!

One thought on “Keeping Your Resolutions”

  1. My only Resolution is to try my best to take care of myself so I can stay out of the hospital. I have been in the hospital 4 or 5 times in the past year & had my 31th surgery. I need to try to reduce my stress so I will not go into a fib again. I need to eat better & so on & so on.

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