Are You Having New Year's Resolution Success?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
So many people start out the New Year full of momentum, ready to change their lives for the better. Maybe you've set a goal to lose weight and get fit. You start the year full of excitement, and even lose a few pounds before the novelty begins to wear off. Sound familiar? If it does, then you're not alone. According to one poll, more than 50% of people report losing momentum within the first two weeks of starting a diet, and almost 20% lose willpower within 3 days. If you've made it this far with your goals, congratulations! If not, what can you do right now to get back on track?

We tend to be creatures of habit, so it's very easy to fall into familiar routines if you're not careful. It can take a long time for health-related changes to feel like a normal part of your day. Perhaps you're still struggling to develop a consistent exercise routine, or you started with too much, too soon and you're feeling burned out. Maybe you've been very strict with your diet over the past month or so, and the temptation to fall off the wagon is looming. Before you start getting discouraged, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

First of all, it's okay to revise your goals. Now that you've been into this for a month or so, maybe you're realizing that your goal to lose 20 pounds in 3 months was a little too ambitious. You're better off revising your goals to make them more realistic. That doesn't mean you're a failure or you're not working hard. It means you're willing to be flexible and make changes to ensure your success. Consider revisiting your goals to make sure they are right for you.

Second, no one is perfect. We all have good days where we stay on track and focused. But we all have those days that don't go quite as well as planned. It might seem easier to throw in the towel on those bad days, but don't give up! It's important to learn from your mistakes and move forward. One of my favorite quotes says something like "Failure isn't about falling down- it's about not getting back up."

Personally, my goals for the year are going okay so far. I have a few that need a clear plan if I'm going to achieve them, and I haven't done that yet. So planning my steps to success is on the top of my to-do list. If you're looking for help setting and revising your goals, check out A Blueprint for Goal Acheivement and Smart Goal-Setting Techniques.

How are your goals going for the New Year? If things aren't going well, what are you going to do to turn things around?

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My resolution is one day at a time .... Report
last year I started day 1 by walking 6 miles, and ended the year by completing a half marathon. So I thought doing my 2nd half marathon in March would be "easy." NOT! I haven't been getting the same mileage I did as last year and wonder if I will be able to complete the distance and "recover". Having a goal DOES keep me motivated to stay active, so wish me luck! Report
I don't really make "resolutions" but I do set certain goals for myself and I'm definitely moving toward them. One of my goals is to stop being so hard on myself and that has really helped me move forward on other weight goals. Report
doing well. made & revised resolutions. my goals - lose 25 lbs. in year and keep off AND to log at least 5 days a week. so far 12 lbs. off and 100 percent days logging what i ate. Report
I wrote down goals I wanted to reach by the end of the year. From there, I created a 6 week schedule that would slowly help me reach those goals. After those first 6 weeks, I then sat down, looked at how far I had come, see what goals within those first 6 weeks I hadn't reached, then wrote a new 6 week schedule. I hope to continue this until the end of the year. I think breaking it up into 6 weeks and giving myself little steps every 6 weeks that will bring me closer to my end of the year goals will help me be more successful in reaching those goals! Report
So far, I am doing great. I have a couple long range goals that will continue to be worked on. I also make weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals - with rewards for making those. So far, I am down 16 pounds and off of Diet Coke & caffeine -except for a daily cup of green tea. Report
If anything my resolve has strengthened!!! I started a little slowly but feel totally immersed in my healthy routine again. I've seen the success both on the scale (10 lbs) and in my body composition(1 size smaller) and those successes have made me even more committed to reaching my goal!! :) Report
I decided not to do a New YEAR's resolution, but to do monthly ones! The time period is much shorter, I get the results faster, and I find myself way more focused. For January, at a starting weight of 178, I resolved to be 175 by the end of the month. I was 174! For February, I've resolved to be at 171 for the end of the month, and to record 800-900 fitness minutes here on SP. So far I'm on track to achieve both of those goals. I think setting monthly resolutions is a great alternative, and to anyone who reads this comment, give it a shot for March to April and see what you can achieve! Report
I didn't really set a goal. I just decided it was time to make a change in my life and I was going to start now. Those goals are going great! Report
My resolutions are going great! I completely revamped my plan and my focus and starting blogging more on my journey... it helped keep me accountable. I had people who were reading about what I was doing, and I couldn't write about it if I didn't do it! So far, I'm down 20 pounds this year, which just amazes me! I finally broke out of the 200's and into One-derland for the first time in 8 years! I'm thrilled at my progress and so glad that SparkPeople was there to help me! Report
I made NO RESOLUTIONS this year. The only one I have ever made and kept was 6 years ago and that was to become a vegetarian. Report
I stopped making resolutions years ago. I have mostly been goal-oriented where you can do steps at a time. With resolutions it is like all or nothing. I am doing well with my goals and hope they will be my change in lifestyle. Report
I rarely make NYRs and if I do, I wait until the middle of the month to start. By then the holiday let down has desolved and starting a new goal gives me something to get excited about! Report
My resolution is doing great! I wanted to be healthier and lose weight, but I set my goals a la "slowest loser". I have a dress I want to fit in by May, and I've guessed I needed to lose about 20 pounds to get I set my goal at one pound a week, and I'm doing great! I've lost eleven pounds since 2010, which puts me at about 1.5 pounds a week on average...I got stuck at nine pounds for awhile, which was frustrating, but after a few weeks, I jumped down two more pounds! And all my jeans are too big :D Report
I am continuing to follow my New Year's Resolutions and can see that I am making progress. I have been tracking my progress on a monthly basis and making adjustments as necessary. It's a positive feeling to see that I am sticking to my resolutions. Report
My issues with weight and fitness never kept to a calendar: when I was 3 years old, it did not happen because of the holidays. It did not get "fixed" by swimsuit season. It is lifelong. No resolutions necessary. No timelines, deadlines, and nothing to be broken.

I do the best I can every day, and that's all I can do. Report
im still on track, one of my goals was to jog more, docters said to stay indoors because the cold is rough on my feet, so i started jogging on the treadmill instead. Report
By setting NYRs that really are doable long-term lifestyle changes, I have been able to keep doing them. The support and accountability on SparkPeople has also made a tremendous difference. Report
I set up a Spark streak on Jan 1 to floss my teeth every day, and because I don't want to break the streak, I have kept it going. Report
I made it a point to not describe my goals as a NYR. I just thought of them as wanting to live healthier and made plans on how I would do that. 6 weeks in and I'm doing great. Report
I made a NYR in December 2009 to lose 100 lbs, no matter how long it takes....well I'm still going strong and 73lbs down! My NYR this year was to keep going and surpass my goal. It's still going great! Report
I started working out at least 30 minutes everyday about 4 days before the new year and I'm on my second month working out to a different routine. I've got more energy, less migraines, and lowered my blood pressure and now taking half of my bp meds. Haven't lost any weight yet, but all the other things keeps me going. I know I can get there! Report
I'm still going strong with my NYR. The keys have been small goals along they way. Report
My NYRs are going great this year! Which is totally new for me!

I think the key was that this time I didn't just write big goals. I did big over-arching goals, broke those down into smaller goals, and then wrote lots of small action steps. Consequently I haven't been overwhelmed trying to achieve loads - I've just been focussing on a few small steps at a time.

The small steps have helped also because even when I'm not doing loads towards my goals I can see how it all fits together and I feel like I am always working towards the bigger picture.

I'm also keeping all of my goals under review and at the end of January took a few off the priority list and added some new goals on. Report
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