11 Ways To Make Your Resultion Stick

Were any of you lucky enough to catch this weekend’s dollar gym membership CoupMe? If so, I’m sure you are sitting in your office/apartment/kitchen as we speak wondering when to start. But if you remember last year, days turn into weeks which turn into months without hitting the gym and before you know it you’re back to square one again. What happened to all of that motivation you had on January 1st? Don’t worry though; it happens to us all. Whether your goal is to lose 10 pounds or learn a different language, resolutions can be tough to stick to. That’s why CoupMe’s here to help you stay on track for 2011. Good luck!

1. Grab a Buddy: It’s so much easier to achieve anything with a friend! If you’re trying to tone up, join a gym with a friend. If you want to start a new hobby (like cooking), sign up for cooking lessons with your sister. The buddy system truly works.

2. Start Small: Make realistic expectations that you can actually achieve. There’s no shame at all in starting small! If you are trying to lose 10 pounds, don’t cut out soda, join the gym and sign up for boot camp classes all in one week. Baby steps is the way to reach your goal realistically. Maybe cut out sweets and sugar. Once you get used to that, sign up for a yoga classes at your local gym. Take it step by step and you won’t be so overwhelmed! You’ll also be much more likely to stick to it.

3. Write it Down: Write your resolutions down on a piece of paper and hang it to your wall. When you see it written out, you’ll feel more accountable and determined to follow through.

4. One Thing at a Time: If you’re like me, you have many, many resolutions this year. I myself want to re-introduce myself to Italian, travel to Europe, practice yoga at least twice a week, etc. etc. But there’s no way I am going to do all of those things at once. Instead, take things one at a time, and you’ll feel much more accomplished.

5. Hang it Up: Put your resolutions up where you can see them. Post them to your bulletin board or hang them above your desk at work. This will remind you of what you are aiming for day by day.

6. Reward Yourself: Be sure to reward yourself for all of your accomplishments along the way, even if they are little. Lose a dress size? Treat yourself to a new outfit! Did you go a few weeks without smoking a single cigarette? Pamper yourself with a mani/pedi. It’s nice to give yourself a little “thank you” once in a while.

7. Review, Review, Review: Just as you’d study for a test over and over again to remember things, same goes true for your resolutions. Read them out loud every week to remind yourself what your goals are and what you need to do to achieve them.

8. Seek Support: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you’re struggling with your resolution to cook more, cut back on swearing or whatever your trouble areas are, it’s OK to confide in a friend or family member. They will help give you the support you need to stay true to your goals and refrain from cheating.

9. Set a Reasonable Deadline: Just like anything in life, you need to be reasonable with your goals. That also comes with a reasonable deadline. Don’t try to lose 10 pounds in a month. Instead, give yourself a few months, and write down little things you need to do to get there. “Lose 10 pounds” is way too vague to accomplish in just 30 days. But hitting the gym three times a week or lowering your body fat percentage by 2 % is much more attainable.

10. Cut Yourself Some Slack: No one can be 100% perfect, so don’t be too hard on yourself. If your resolution is to take yoga three times a week, but you miss a class due to plans with a friend, it’s OK. Same goes with overindulging in the cookie jar one night. Just get right back on track the next day, and put your little “oops” moments in the past.

11. Envision the Results: Many of us are visual thinkers, and need to see what following our resolutions will look like. Pin up pictures of your ideal weight, cut out inspiring words from magazines, post pictures of you volunteering all over your wall. Seeing is believing!

What is your New Year’s resolution this year? What are you doing to hold yourself accountable?

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