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11 January, 2018

Broke Your NY Resolution Already? This Is How You Get Back on Track

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So…how are your New Year’s resolutions going? We know, when setting your New Year’s Resolutions, you always have the best of intentions. You genuinely want to reach them, but a year is a really long time!

It’s definitely possible, but without a realistic goal and clear plan, it will be trickier. You can be among the few people who really see their resolutions through with a few helpful tips. Don’t demand perfection from yourself, just give it your best!

Did you know…?

  • U.S. News reported that by the second week of February, 80% of those who set New Year’s resolutions have fallen off of the bandwagon and given up. How disappointing, right? 🙁
  • In 2017, the most popular New Year’s resolution was to lose weight and eat healthier. However, only 9.2% of all people who set resolutions actually reported feeling that they were successful in achieving what they set out to.
  • According to the same survey mentioned above, 37.8% of people in their 20s reported achieving their resolution every year, while only 16.3% of those over 50 did!

A woman is ready to run

4 Tips to be successful:

1. Just start: As soon as you think of what you want your New Year’s resolution to be, start! You don’t have to wait for a Monday or even the first of the year. Perhaps you’re reading this now and an idea sparks — go for it!

2. Don’t overcommit: You don’t have to choose an over-the-top, incredibly ambitious goal. Choose something that requires a bit more effort than you’re already putting in now so it’s actually sustainable.

3. Do periodic check-ins: You can do this on your own or with a group of friends or co-workers for accountability. Don’t wait until the end of the year to evaluate yourself. Try out a weekly personal reflection & maybe do one in a group 1-2 times per month. What’s your status? What are you doing well? Which areas can use some improvement? What will you do in the coming week/month to ensure success?

4. Adjustments are totally acceptable: Don’t just give up on your resolution to train, for example, 4 times per week. If you’re successfully doing 2-3 times per week, adjust your goal to reflect that. Everything extra is just a bonus 🙂 Achievement is motivating — set yourself up for that!

Whether you’re on the right path towards reaching your New Year’s resolution, haven’t set one yet or found yourself a bit off track — we hope this gives you a little boost to keep on going! Share your successes and struggles with us in the comments section below.