New Yearís Resolutions: Have You Kept Yours?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

I donít know about you, but this year is flying by. Itís hard to believe in less than 2 weeks half the year will be well behind us with only 6 more months left to go until we begin 2010. This had me thinking it was time to re-evaluate my goals that I made 6 short months ago.

While I have never been one to make New Yearís Resolutions, I do like to set goals for myself to strive for each year. I believe goals are the fundamental driving force that keeps us on this path to healthy living.

So you may be asking how I have been doing with my own goals I set for myself this past January.

To give you a little refresher, my goals were to start eating fish, take up Pilates, and a step into the world of spinning.

Well, so far I have done two of the three. I am proud to report that I have started eating fish-thanks to everyoneís suggestions on preparedness. I now eat fish twice a week. I enjoy tilapia, tuna, and yes, even salmon--this from someone who didnít even like the smell of fish prior to this January.

My second goal was to give a try at Pilates. I took my first class 4 weeks ago and I must say it is every bit the challenge that I expected it to be and then some. While I have never had much flexibility or core strength, I am learning the importance these two areas play in helping me, as a runner, have better stabilization, especially when fatigue begins to set in.

The only goal I have yet to tackle is the spinning class. One of the biggest reasons why I have not met this goal is because I made a new goal and that is to run my first marathon in October. This past February Coach Jen mentioned that she would be running the Chicago Marathon in October. She told me enrollment was opened and asked if that would be something I would consider doing.

It only took a few hours of reflection before I jumped at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I looked at the website and I thought what do I have to lose? I have done a couple of half-marathons, so the next step would be to take on the full marathon distance. And who would want to miss the opportunity to run with Coach Jen at one of the best marathons in the country. So on February 16th, I signed up and paid for the Chicago Marathon. And let me tell you, it is by far a thrill to go out a run. It isnít easy, but I know I have to do the work in order to finish.

So while I may not have reached all my goals I set for myself on January 1st, I am still on the path to healthy living. Remember goals arenít written in stone; therefore, we can replace them with other ones that may be more appropriate as time goes on. But having goals certainly keeps me moving down the path of healthy living and they do add spice to our lives.

Have you kept any of your New Yearís Resolutions? If not, have you set new goals to help keep you motivated? How about setting new goals now?

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  • 75
    Yes.. 1st time in my life making one. Mine was to reach my goal wt. and maintain, so far so good 1/2 a yr has gone by and I maintained very well. - 7/1/2009   11:21:41 PM
    My resolution (again) was to lose weight. I didn't start too well, but since joining SparkPeople in April, I am losing weight. In the meantime, my goal has changed - What I really want is to be healthy. So, yes, weight is part of it, but finess is the bigger part. Let me tell you, when your Mom is in ICU after a heart bypass with tubes and machines all over the place, you take stock of your life, and she has motivated me to make real changes! - 6/27/2009   4:04:44 PM
  • 73
    I don't like making New Year Resolution, but I have been losing the weight and staying motivated to eat healthy, drinking my water, and exercising.

    Keep up the good work. - 6/23/2009   7:45:31 PM
  • 72
    My goal was "45 by 45" -- 45 lbs lost by my 45th birthday. I'm 22 pounds down so far, and if I stick to my meal plan, I'll make it! - 6/21/2009   7:29:55 PM
    Since I do not make New Years Resolutions [I call them the first lies of the year!!] I simply kept with the 'healthier routine' schtick that I've been on. :) - 6/20/2009   6:54:34 PM
  • 70
    I chose something that I enjoyed and that was being neglected and it seemed easier to keep. (spending more time at the barn) - 6/20/2009   4:02:26 PM
  • 69
    I have to admit I haven't been big on New Year's resolutions in the past. I generally resolved to lose those extra pounds but couldn't manage to follow through somehow.
    Since Sparkpeople, I've made tremendous progress (23+ pounds). My goal is in sight. I expect to set some new goals soon! - 6/20/2009   12:41:25 PM
  • 68
    My New Year's resolution was to start eating healthy and exercising to get my body healthy--in particular, to get off BP meds and to lose unhealthy weight. At almost 6 months, I have lost 40 pounds, gotten off my BP meds, run a 5K, and have the motivation to lose the next 25 pounds before the next New Year comes around. (Funny thing, I figured that starting at the gym and eating healthy on January 2 provided good cover, because everyone does it!) - 6/20/2009   8:12:50 AM
    I don't think I kept any of mine. That's terrible. I normally don't even bother coming up with any because I know I'm not going to follow up with them. - 6/20/2009   12:41:07 AM
    Like a lot of you, I don't really make New Year's Resolutions. This year, I did set a lot of goals for myself. Once I realized that half of the year have flown by, I dusted off the papers, and started working on them. Losing weight is at the top of my list, and would like to lose 45 pounds by the end of the year. - 6/19/2009   8:45:28 PM
  • 65
    Great story, sounds a lot like myself. I learned I should eat fish, but like you I can't even stand the smell of it. Although I don't actually set resolutions, this year I felt different for some reason. I guess I just told myself, "The time is now!" So I have stuck with it and as of my last weigh-in (June 6th) I have lost 50 lbs this year. Another goal/resolution is to try running. And when the weather finally gets better (dryer) I will begin and hopefully continue. With a possible 5K in August and the NY Marathon on my 35th birthday in 2010. It can happen! - 6/19/2009   8:44:11 PM
  • 64
    I don't make new year resolutions. I do have some long term goals as well as some short term goals and just try to live one day at a time. - 6/19/2009   8:24:00 PM
  • 63
    I DO NOT MAKE THEM I NEVER HAVE - 6/19/2009   2:29:51 PM
  • 62
    Well yes for the first time since I have been old enough to take on my resolution, I have keep my promise to myself. In the last 6 months, like Nancy pointed out we have almost had half the year, anyway I have filed for divorce because it was healthier for me. I have started going to the gym on a regular basis 2 to 3 times a week, I even paid for a personal trainer to coach me for 3 sessions for routines I can do at home. I have started eating healthier and so have my kids. And finally I have stated living MY LIFE, not the life others thought I should be. I think I have done pretty good and I hope to do better as the year goes by. - 6/19/2009   9:04:30 AM
  • 61
    I am sporatic about New Year's resolutions, but this year I've done much better. I quit smoking in April, I allowed myself to eat and drink anything, any time while going through the withdrawl from tobacco. Now I'm eating better and exercising. I really like what's said here. I'm here for a lifestyle change, not a diet. - 6/19/2009   8:31:59 AM
  • BMORE73
    I can't remember if I made any. Well that says a lot about that, LOL! - 6/19/2009   8:10:09 AM
  • 59
    I don`t really do New Year Resolutions, but I set myself goals.
    This time they were 3 goals, 2 of which I have accomplished. But the thrid one was a failure so far:

    1. Have my house repainted to make it brighter. This was done the week after Easter.
    2. Save enough to fly home for the first time in 5 years. I did manage and paid my ticket in May. I am leaving in 2.5 weeks!
    3. Find a new better paying job by July, when my contract is running out.
    Even though I did get my diploma for the BBA in Healthcare Management I did in Distance Learning in March and a couple of companies did express interest immediately, I have not been able to find a new job. I had an interview and several meetings somewhere else, but until now there has been no offer of a contract. Now I have run out of time, since my contract is running out on July, i will be gone most of July, so I need to sign something now. Even trying to negotiate with my current employer for a better salary has been unseccessful. They do not recognise the BBA, since it is not directly related to my work.
    - 6/19/2009   1:32:21 AM
  • 58
    I don`t really do New Year Resolutions, but I set myself goals.
    This time they were 3 goals, 2 of which I have accomplished. But the thrid one was a failure so far:

    1. Have my house repainted to make it brighter. This was done the week after Easter.
    2. Save enough to fly home for the first time in 5 years. I did manage and paid my ticket in May. I am leaving in 2.5 weeks!
    3. Find a new better paying job by July, when my contract is running out.
    Even though I did get my diploma for the BBA in Healthcare Management I did in Distance Learning in March and a couple of companies did express interest immediately, I have not been able to find a new job. I had an interview and several meetings somewhere else, but until now there has been no offer of a contract. Now I have run out of time, since my contract is running out on July, i will be gone most of July, so I need to sign something now. Even trying to negotiate with my current employer for a better salary has been unseccessful. They do not recognise the BBA, since it is not directly related to my work.
    - 6/19/2009   1:31:56 AM
    Well I made the resolution to quit smoking but it was a few weeks after New Years. I have been smoke free for 16months now.... - 6/18/2009   11:07:58 PM
  • 56
    Sigh. You have to remember them to keep them. I can't remember stuff any more. - 6/18/2009   9:55:58 PM
  • 55
    My goal this year was to keep my steaks at 100%, Exercising for 30min., 8 glasses of water, 5 fruits & veggies, bootcamps: swimsuit & NEW you, vitamin, pack a lunch, use fitness equipment. DONE! Spin the wheel 96%, oh well. - 6/18/2009   5:52:41 PM
  • 54
    I lost 15lbs last year, so my New Years resolution was to lose AT LEAST 15 this year. So far this year I've lost 7 - I just started really using all the SP tools in April, so lost the 7 since then. So, I predict that by December, I'll have lost the 15 that I set out to lose plus 5-10 more.

    Another goal I've been thinking about lately is being able to do military pushups, rather than doing a pushup on my knees - I should be able to do them this time next year. - 6/18/2009   5:35:01 PM
  • 53
    Get to goal weight by summer 2009. DONE!!
    Revise my French language skills. ONGOING. - 6/18/2009   5:01:17 PM
  • 52
    Nothing special about the New Year to me, so I generally don't go thru the whole resolution thing. And for me, goal setting is something I kind of do on the fly and based on where I am at that time, whenever it may be, and often ... for me it's so much a mental thing, so I find I'm much happier, much more productive when I just take each moment, each day at a time. Maybe it's a result of my work life having been so terribly task & time oriented ... I don't know. - 6/18/2009   4:26:56 PM
  • 51
    I don't make resolutions as I usually forget what they were by the end of Feb. I do make goals however, and have met a few and still working on the rest. - 6/18/2009   3:26:13 PM
  • 50
    The last new year's resolution I made was in 01/07 I joined spark in 02/07 and haven't stopped meeting my goals since. Although, I haven't made a "new year's resolution" since then. =P - 6/18/2009   3:18:12 PM
  • 49
    I am a big planner scheduler, meaning I am HUGE on goal-setting, so New Years Resolutions are a must for me, even when I don't keep them. I've kept a few that I made, such as "Begin thinking more positively", "Concentrate on reducing stress levels", "Start an RRSP", "Try at least one new (healthy, low-fat) recipe per month". The health- or weight-based ones have been more challenging... when I was in teacher's college, I found it difficult to exercise due to the crazy schedule I had, and now that it's summer and I'm doing shift work, I find myself eating junk food because it's fast, and being unable to exercise because I either can't get up early enough or get home from work too late. There's still six months, though! I will likely refine my goals a little bit, and perhaps post them somewhere I'll remember them. :P - 6/18/2009   3:04:10 PM
    I have lost the battle time and time again on trying to keep my new years resolution.. obviously it was to loose weight but I am trying to get back on track and I also have another one... to make things easier/ better with my long distance boyfriend.. long distane can be hard and lately things have been rocky for us.. we plan on getting married but things such as not havin each other at night and seeing each other daily can be hard - 6/18/2009   2:40:26 PM
  • 47
    I have to say that I'm doing FAR better with my weightloss goals and exercise than I truly thought I would. Life has been extremely difficult since Christmas, and I have had days where the struggle with food has been intense (this week, in particular has been rough), but I've had more good days than bad. I've come to understand myself better in regards to eating and my exercising has become a "habit" rather than a chore. That's not to say I'm "loving" the exercise, but I do miss it if I skip a planned day. Am I where I wanted to be? Not quite. But I'm so much further along than I thought I'd be and it just feels different now; it's more like a way of living instead of a way of struggling.

    Shannon~ - 6/18/2009   1:43:54 PM
  • 46
    I also made goals.
    1. Go rock climbing outside and actually make it up the face of the rock.
    2. Get to my goal weight of 140 lbs.
    3. Figure out why I want to keep the weight where it is. This is probably going to be the hardest one for me. There has to be a reason I haven't been able to keep my weight under 160.

    I had been on track pretty much for the first two for most of this year. Right up until May. Now I'm way off track except that I'm still working on number 3. Which I think is the reason numbers 1 & 2 are off track. I had gotten down to 155. Now I've rebounded up to 159. Gotta start moving again, even if it hurts. - 6/18/2009   12:34:32 PM
  • 45
    I didn't make a New Year's resolution per se, but I did start exercising and eating better in January. It's hard to tell just how much progress I made in January since I was in so much denial I wouldn't get on a scale until February, when I started back with SP. In my first blog post this year I outlined four areas that I felt got in the way of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight: exhaustion, emotional/binge eating, lack of family support, and foot problems. I'm happy to say I've made excellent progress with the emotional eating, binging much less often and smaller amounts when it does happen - progress, not perfection! I've also FINALLY gotten my foot issue diagnosed and treatment is underway. For family support, I've worked out a way to keep candy available for DD when she wants it and out of sight for me, gotten her to go swimming with me, and stubbornly stuck to eating what *I* want, even if it means making her and DF something else. The only issue I haven't had a good opportunity to work on is the exhaustion, simply because I'm still not working. So far this year I've lost ~30lbs., excellent progress for me, my breathing is better, and I'm stronger and more fit.

    I feel like this year I made a commitment to work not just on the logistics of losing weight, but the issues that get in my way, and in doing so I'm laying a better foundation for maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of my life. - 6/18/2009   12:28:45 PM
  • 44
    For me personally, New Year's resolutions just don't work. As far as my health goes, I use Sparkpeople to "keep me in line". I track my food and exercise, I support others, and others support me. Slowly but surely, it all works. - 6/18/2009   12:26:15 PM
  • 43
    Congrats on your decision to train for a marathon, Nancy!

    I have stuck to my New Year's resolution this year - it has been really helpful for me to have this new behavior, so I've stuck to it. My resolution was to leave work on time - I'm paid to be here until 3 p.m., so except for RARE occasions, I want to leave at 3 p.m.! It's all about balance, sanity, and having time for my personal life - including, of course, exercise!

    In order to be able to leave by 3 p.m. I've also been getting up at 6 a.m. and arriving early every day - something I never used to do, but it's made my mornings so much more relaxed. I love it! - 6/18/2009   12:19:33 PM
  • 42
    Like so many here, mine wasn't exactly a NYR. I decided to start a walking workout the week before Christmas because I had 2 weddings coming up in 2009. Thought I could lose 20 pounds before the one in April (only dropped 12) and 40 by the one in August. Well, so far I have only lost 15 pounds, but, I have gotten into the habit of doing my walking workout 5-6 days a week. My husband even joined me in the workouts after the first of the year. Now we do them together every weekday morning before breakfast and at least 2 Saturday's a month before breakfast.
    We are both feeling better flexability and stamina. We have both lost a lot more inches than we ever dreamed of and are now hoping the scale will catch up. - 6/18/2009   12:10:05 PM
  • 41
    I think I have pretty much kept my resolution. I wanted to get some ont his weight off and I am continuing in a very slow fashion but the wiehgt is coming off. - 6/18/2009   12:02:22 PM
  • 40
    My resolution was "to learn and practice both appreciation and gratitude." Gratitude has come easy. Expressing appreciation for real, away from Sparkpeople, continues to be a challenge for me. I blogged my response today:

    ...Pam - 6/18/2009   11:39:48 AM
  • 39
    Nope, I haven't. Better yet, thats perfectly okay with me. I'm still chugga-chugging along, happier and healthier. - 6/18/2009   11:23:19 AM
    My goal is to get back down to my pre-pregnancy wieght. I have lost 21 lbs. since January so I'm over half way there. - 6/18/2009   11:17:18 AM
  • 37
    I started this year with the Sparkpeople New Year Boot Camp on January 4th. My goal was from 202 to 175 by July 4th. Right now I'm at 176.5. Almost there! I'm VERY proud of all the changes I've made. Not a diet. Just life changes! THANK YOU SPARKPEOPLE! - 6/18/2009   10:46:25 AM
  • 36
    I never make New Years Resolution as I find they are unhealthy for me and the pressure gets to be to much and I fail. Instead this year when I went through some other life changing events I opted to make this the year to loose weight. So far so good in 2 months I have lost 16 pounds. - 6/18/2009   10:43:25 AM
  • 35
    My New Yearís Resolutions came late. I knew I wanted/needed to lose weight but I didn't set any goals until Feb. But once I set my mind to it I have been successful and am on my way to meeting my goal, YEAH!!! - 6/18/2009   10:11:05 AM
  • 34
    I joined SP the end of January....strictly speaking that isn't a NY resolution per se...I have met some of my SP goals and new goals have evolved so I keep striving for more...thanks to SP I am also evolving into a healthier person. - 6/18/2009   10:10:42 AM
  • 33
    So far so good.

    One of my goals was to lose the 40 lbs. I have gained back in the past few years. Since joining SparkPeople in March, I have lost 23 pounds- well over 1/2 way.

    Thanks, SparkPeople!!

    Sherry - 6/18/2009   10:10:03 AM
  • 32
    I met my goal weight in Jan and have kept on going and lost 8more lbs.woohoo - 6/18/2009   10:06:09 AM
  • 31
    I set 9 goals in 09...some things were easier, like being nicer to my husband, but some are taking more focus, like getting healthy. I'm proud of what I have done so far in 09! - 6/18/2009   10:04:50 AM
  • 30
    I have kept some of my New Year resolutions, but that was back in 2004. I made a list of things to better my financial situation and I met all of my goals for that year. I have made a list every year, I may not acheive all of them but I do at least achieve a couple of my goals each year. - 6/18/2009   9:52:48 AM
  • 29
    My New Year's Resolution wasn't a specific weight goal. I resolved to work out three times a week (I've been doing 6), drink 8-10 glasses water a day (check), not eat mammals (check), learn to juggle (, finish my book (not even close), and put ten percent of every paycheck in the bank (ha). Three out of six is at least better than none! - 6/18/2009   9:34:24 AM
  • 28
    I don't make New Years' Resolutions, but I have been keeping up with the healthy living I always wanted. Congrats, Nancy, on all that you have accomplished in the year thus far! Great motivation! - 6/18/2009   9:29:07 AM
    I didn't make a New Years Resolution. I did make a Mid-Year Resolution on June 1 - to get healthier by eating fewer processed foods and more natural foods, and to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. So far, so good!!! - 6/18/2009   9:24:46 AM
  • 26
    I decided that I would try to improve myself by losing weight. My starting date was January 2 because I wanted to be completely over the Christmas celebrations. I really only wanted to get below two hundred pounds to start with. I couldn't believe I was 225. Well, I did that and now hope to have hit 175 in the next couple of weeks. So, if I don't get any farther, I have kept my New Year's Resolution. But I find that I keep thinking about the next goal and the one after that. Now, I feel a need to increase my fitness level which has been problematic due to some health issues.

    I believe it is important to have a time to check back to see if you are working towards your goals. I need to have set times or I'll just let it go on forever and never realize how I'm doing. Also, sometimes you need to upgrade the goal to make it more worthwhile after you get so far. - 6/18/2009   8:27:35 AM

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