How To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year. The time of year where everyone has just indulged in a 35 day splurge of cookies, treats, and eggnog. You have had turkey, gravy, ham, seconds, potatoes, butter biscuits, leftovers, sweets, spiced frappaccinos, peppermint frappaccinos; you’ve had it all. Now its time to start fresh as the new year rings in. Now is the time to get back the things that you really want out of life. For most Americans, new years resolutions are almost synonymous with diets, but no matter what you choose to give up or do better at as the new year comes around, sticking to whatever it is comes down to the same concept. So how do you stick to your new years resolution? Follow these fabulous five tips and you will be well on your way.

Eliminate temptation. If you are giving up something for new years, remove it from your home and life completely. If it’s there, you are going to be thinking about it. Resisting it becomes something you are consciously doing because it is right in front of you. However, if the temptation is not there in the first place, then you will not be constantly aware of the fact that you are giving something up. Out of sight, out of mind is a wonderful concept that will work to your advantage in this type of situation.

Substitute. If you give something up for new years, replace it with a better option. If you are giving up chocolate, replace it with fruit. If you’re giving up red meat, replace it with chicken. Make sure you replace it with something that you enjoy because if you don’t, then you will really miss the thing that you initially gave up. Substitution works wonders.
Tell your loved ones. If you are seriously about a resolution, tell the people in your life that are closest to you so they can be your support system. This way, if ever feel like you might cave, you can call on them to keep you on track. They’ll keep pushing you along the way until you receive the results that you originally sought out for. Without a support system, most things are much harder. People were created to help one another and this is really important to sticking to your new years resolution.

Reward yourself. If you’ve done really well with whatever you were trying to do, give yourself something that you’ve really been wanting. If you really wanted that cute sweater from Macy’s and you’ve given up chocolate for your new years resolution, tell yourself that you will be allowed to buy it if you can be true to your resolution all through January. This will give you motivation along the way! Track yourself. Track your successes using a calendar or something similar so you have something tangible to look at and see your achievements. If you can look back at the past 10 weeks and see an “X” on each day, that feeling itself is going to be incredibly rewarding so it will keep you motivated.

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