We do it every year. When January 1st rolls around we start making new year’s resolutions. I would have thought out of the ten most common resolutions, getting in shape would be number one. Afterall, nutrition experts say we put on an extra 15 or so pounds over the Christmas holidays. In fact, according to a recent national survey, 66% of Americans are considered overweight or obese. But despite these facts and figures fighting the battle of the bulge isn’t the number one resolution. The top new year’s resolution is spending more time with family. And in the number ten slot is getting organized.
In between numbers one and ten are:
2. Getting fit and beginning an exercise regimen.
3. Dieting and losing weight
4. Quit smoking
5. Enjoy life more
6. Stop drinking
7. Get out of debt
8. Learning something new (new language, new skill, etc.)
9. Volunteer to help others.
Most of us make resolutions and resolve to keep them throughout the new year, but let’s face it, few of us do it. It’s easy to fall off the old resolution wagon. But there are more realistic ways to make and stick to resolutions. Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight” say, “I want to lose 5 pounds a month” and then go out and buy a bathing suit a size smaller than your current size. Working toward the goal of wearing it will give you the motivation you need to continue.
You can find a buddy or family member to team up with. Someone who has the same or similar goal can be encouraging and supportive and you can return the favor. Once you’ve made the resolution, take some sort of immediate action. Throw away your cigarettes. Go out and join a gym or buy a piece of exercise equipment. Buy an attractive journal and fancy pen to keep notes on your progress. Making an investment can be a great motivator. If your goal is spending more time with family then schedule a weekly game night. Take a trip to the store and have each family member pick out a board or card game. And lastly, don’t make too many resolutions. Generally between one and three resolutions is realistic and won’t become daunting and overwhelming.