Why Resolutions Fail

Achieve your 2012 Goals With These Simple Tips

I overheard a conversation in the locker room at the gym today between two ladies who were regular gym-goers.  One of them commented on how quiet it was in the gym this morning given that it was the holidays.  The other reminded her about how busy it was going to be next week when everyone who set New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, or just to be more healthy began showing up at the gym.  Her friend remarked that by February it would be far less crowded because most people would have given up on their resolutions already!

It wasn’t so much a shocking remark as it was a sad one.  What truly is the difference between people who are able to adopt a healthy lifestyle and those who crash and burn after a few days or weeks?

To me, the difference between a failed resolution and the ability to make lasting changes, develop a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, and feel more energized is all in the approach.  Here are a few tips to making successful resolutions and avoid being a statistic.

1)  Don’t Ban Your Favorite Food Forever.  If you eat chocolate on a daily basis and decide that you are never going to eat chocolate again, you will probably not be very successful at achieving this goal.  Instead of banning it forever, vow to have a small piece a couple of times per week.  Switch from milk to dark chocolate, which has antioxidant benefits.  Yes, chocolate CAN be good for you!

2)  Don’t Do Too Much Too Soon at the Gym.  If you haven’t been to the gym in five years, you need to ease into exercise.  Make sure that your doctor has given you the all-clear to exercise if you have any injuries or ailments of concern.  Start slow and be consistent!  If you belong to a gym or plan to join one, classes are a great way to stay motivated.  Try different things (spinning, Zumba, yoga, etc.) to keep your body guessing what is coming next & maximize calories burned & muscles worked.

3)  Don’t Go It Alone!  It is much easier and much more fun when are working out with someone.  This even works if you actually exercise on your own & then have a virtual “accountability buddy.”  For those of you that didn’t see this on my Facebook page, I’m starting a 21-day exercise challenge on January 3rd.  Join me and others who have already signed up who share your goals.  We can all keep one another accountability & share ideas, milestones, and successes!

Leave me a comment here and let me know what your healthy living goals are for 2012!  I’d love to help you achieve them!

Happy New Year everyone!