5 Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick
By Staci Amend
December 3, 2014
Here’s the great thing about New Year’s resolutions: they come every year! So whether you’ve slipped a bit since reaching your goal or still have a ways to go, January 1st will always carry the promise of a fresh start. Now for the not-so-great news: though data on the subject of resolutions varies widely, most studies agree that these annual commitments can be difficult for many to keep. So how can you keep YOUR resolutions in the “win” column? Make Jenny Craig your weight loss partner, and follow these 5 simple tips.
1. Start small
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, you shouldn’t expect to fix ALL your undesirable habits overnight. The fewer resolutions you make, the more time you’ll have to devote to making each one stick. If you must have two or more resolutions, it’s a good idea for them to be complementary, like “eating healthier and exercising more” or “watching less TV and reading more.” This will help you to stay focused.
2. Be specific
Vague resolutions like “live healthier” are difficult to visualize—and therefore much easier to dismiss. Make your resolution feel more real by being specific about what you want to change. Then, whether your goal is to “eat three servings of veggies per day,” or “exercise four times per week,” you’ll be able to plan your life around your resolution… and have a clear way to measure your success.
3. Be realistic
Even if your ultimate goal is somewhat lofty, like losing 50 pounds or earning your MBA, start with smaller, more attainable goals—like losing a steady pound a week, or getting an “A” in your current business class. Psychologically, it’s much more encouraging to enjoy a series of small victories along the way. When you know you’re making measurable progress, it’s easier to stay motivated to keep going.
4. Make a plan
Making healthy shifts in your life requires advance planning, whether those shifts are related to eating, exercise or any other behavior. You’ll need to make space for the new behavior to thrive, and that might mean spending more or less time doing something else—like getting to work early so you can work out at lunch, or looking at online menus to choose the healthiest option for an upcoming restaurant meal.
5. Share it
Secret resolutions are the easiest kinds of all to break! Telling somebody about your resolution, whether it’s your spouse, a co-worker or a workout buddy, can help you stay accountable. Sharing your resolution is also likely to gain you outside support and encouragement. January is a great time to talk with your Jenny Craig consultant about your goals for the new year. Remember, you’re never in this alone!