Starting Off The New Year Right: Sparkpeople Resolution
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I think that the event of the New Year is great - it let's us have a fresh start on all things (especially if we're trying to find a "line-in-the-sand" time to start - say, like renewed vigor in our personal SparkPeople program). I am starting off this year on track and with the help of SparkPeople will reach my goals. I hope you make your New Year's resolutions come true this year - together we can do it!!!
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Research has shown that it takes people approximately 28 days to pick up (or leave) a habit. Instead of making resolutions for the new year, why not aim to make a total of 12 resolutions for the whole year? Decide what change you want to make each month, and start on the first day of the new month! By the end of the month your resolution has become a habit and you can move on to the next one! This makes sustaining multiple resolutions easier.
I find that starting New Year Resolutions a few days early makes it easier to stick with them. Knowing that you have already started removes some of the pressure from the "D" Day of January 1st, plus you have already proved to yourself that you could stick with healthy habits for a few days. So today, December 26th, is the first day of my 2014 New Year Resolutions! Not only will I eat healthy, exercise, spark... but also I will write down all of the other resolutions and the "2014 Plan".
This principle also applies to getting back on track. When I know I have been off track for a couple days, I tell myself I will get back on track "officially" tomorrow, however that I should start right away "as much as I can" to be more ready the next day. It takes the pressure of "tomorrow".
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