Making Healthy Resolutions; and Sticking to Them!

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4 Tips to Help Your Resolutions Last All Year Long

Another holiday season is behind us and everyone is looking forward to starting 2014 on the right foot. There’s always lots of talk of resolutions as we step into the New Year. Plans to lose weight, get organized, get more sleep, and spend more quality time with the family float around our minds but somehow by late January we are back to our old ways.

So how can we actually make 2014 the best year yet? By sticking to our goals. Here are four tips to make healthy resolutions stick (physical and mental ones!)

1. Make them manageable – It’s easy to set lofty goals as we start a new year, especially with a little eggnog or champagne swirling around in our stomachs. Don’t set your sights too high with goals you know you won’t follow through on. Instead, look for small ways to make big improvements. Things like cutting back on eating out or spending 15 minutes reading and relaxing before bed are achievable and make a big difference in your bank account and mental wellbeing.

2. Set daily reminders of your goal – Want to drop the 10 pounds of holiday weight? Post a photo of yourself at your ideal weight on your bathroom mirror. Aiming to spend more time with family? Schedule family fun days into your calendar. If your goals are right in front of you everyday, it is harder to ignore them and let them fall by the wayside.

3. Write it down – Putting your goals on paper holds you accountable. Include a few additional thoughts on why the goal is important to you. Having a tough time remembering your goals by springtime? Refer back to the list as a refresher. A year from now, you can look back and see all that you accomplished throughout the year.

4. Enlist friends and family – When something is a team effort, accomplishing goals is more exciting and the process is more fun, too! Getting the whole family or a group of your closest girlfriends to join you is a great way to keep you on track. Chances are they have similar goals in mind and you can help one another be better all year long.

It’s always great to start the year fresh and 2014 can be your best year yet. Set a few new healthy resolutions for the year and get after it!

Readers – what are your 2014 resolutions? Do you have any tips for sticking to them?

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Marissa is a public relations professional by day and jewelry designer and entrepreneur by night. She has an affinity for creativity and inspiring style and loves writing, reading, and being in the sun.

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    irene

    AMEN! If we can stick to our goals we’ve got a fighting chance to meet them! Here’s to all of us meeting whatever those goals are, no matter how small or high the expectations might be! My goal this year is to really be as healthy as possible so I can really live a more active life.

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      Tyna Werner

      Totally agree @turboterp! A daily reminder can be so helpful. I’ve used the “tape up a picture of skinny me” method before – if you place it on your fridge it’s a great reminder to eat healthy!

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    mandabear

    I don’t usually make resolutions but I would love to cook/bake more. Even if it’s not the beautiful Pinterest looking dishes I aspire them to be. I just moved and our kitchen isn’t a hole in the wall (something that left me not wanting to cook at all/ever). Oh, NYC living!

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    Tyna Werner

    Love these tips! I have had success keeping to a exercise schedule by keeping a diary of my workouts with (and this was important) pen and paper.

    I wrote down my daily work out (exercises, reps, miles walked/run) every night before bed and it really helped keep me on track. For some reason keeping track on a computer or iPhone didn’t have the same lasting effects.
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    lipglossandspandex

    My main “resolution” is training well for the two marathons I’m signed up for this year. That means listening to my body, eating well, and getting in my runs! I don’t like making too many rules… I find it discouraging :( So right now I’m just trying to make good choices moment by moment!

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