Make Your Resolutions a Reality

We make a lot of promises to ourselves this time of year, but how can you make sure that your list of New Year’s resolutions doesn’t end up in the trash by February? Here are some simple tips to help you make the leap from intention to action.

1. One at a Time

Don’t try to change everything about your life all at once, or you might get overwhelmed and abandon your resolutions completely. Keep your list to a minimum. Try starting with just one resolution at a time, and slowing adding one more every two or three months. Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and up to six months for the habit to become a part of your personality. So give yourself time to incorporate new changes that could seem difficult or foreign at first.

2. Be Realistic

Make sure that your resolutions are attainable and not just wishes. Otherwise you could get discouraged and give up. If you are not an early riser, vowing to get up every day at 6 am and workout could be unrealistic for you. Find ways to make small, but achievable changes. Also avoid resolutions that include words like “never” and “always” which can set you up for failure.

3. Make the Right Statement

Make short, clearly defined resolutions. Instead of saying, “I will get in shape,” say “I will exercise for 20 minutes 4 days a week.” Part of your success lies in formulating the resolutions, so take time to think about your lifestyle and how you can make small adjustments. Using positive language to describe your goals can make a big difference in your attitude. Instead of “I have to give up dessert,” try “I get to try new vegetables.” Instead of “I should make it to the gym,” try “I want to get a good workout.”

4. Tell Others

Get family and friends involved in your plans to get healthy. Publicly declare your intentions on Facebook or Twitter. The more support you enlist from your community, the more motivation you’ll have to stick to your resolutions.

5. Plan Ahead

Think of your resolution as the end of a flow chart. Now fill in the steps. Take some time to really think about how you can make your goals a reality. Schedule workouts and plan healthy menus. A great way to set yourself up for success is having easy, healthy food options available. Stock up on nutritious snacks like the Hollywood Cookie Diet® and our new diet products Crax™ or Wafers. With healthy snacks on hand, you’ll be less likely to pick junk food or overeat at meals.