5 Tips for Making & Keeping New Year’s Resolutions.

Posted by amandar in Blog on Thu, Dec 29, 2011

The 2012 year is upon us which means it’s time to do the whole New Year’s Resolution thing. 

I gave up on making promises I won’t keep to myself just because all of my friends and celebrity faves were doing it ages ago.

I never lost weight and I always felt like a total loser come Valentine’s Day.

I put myself through that torture until about three years ago.

That’s when I made the resolution that I always made (duh, lose weight), only instead of just telling myself I wasn’t going to eat anything ever again like I usually did, I actually did something constructive to make sure I didn’t fail!

I joined Weight Watchers, I committed to following the program for a set amount of time, and I actually pulled it off!

I wound up losing 40lbs that year!

As I sit here on the eve of the eve of the eve of the New Year, with about 20 of those pounds rejoining me, I’m contemplating what it was about THAT year that made me ready, willing, and able to actually stick to my self made promise.

Here’s is what I’ve come up with…

5 Tips For Making New Year’s Resolutions You Can and Will Stick To

Be realistic.  This is by far the most useful tip I’v come up with.  It’s wholly unrealistic for me to promise myself that I will never eat another cupcake.  Not only is that a torturous thought that I cringe at the possibility of, but a cupcake free life is really no life at all!  My main reason (aside from the obvious health ones) for wanting to lose weight, is that I think a thinner me will also lead to a happier definitely hotter me.  A human person can’t really be happy without cupcakes.  So, it’s important to set realistc goals that you can and actually want to obtain.  Think small; baby steps, people.  Even if you only promise yourself to lose 5lbs in the first quarter of 2012, that’s 5lbs closer to your overall goal!

Make a plan.  Going to lose weight.  Going to stop smoking.  Going to stop letting my dog “make” on the neighbor’s walkway.  Those are not complete, attainable resolutions because they lack the action to truly make them happen.  The how of it is what matters.  How are you going to lose weight?  How are you going to stop smoking?  And, most importantly, how are you going to ensure that Fido doesn’t get a poisoned meat snack from a ticked off area resident in 2012?!  Laying out a resolution with sucess requires that you come up with a goal and the steps you plan to follow to bring it to fruition.

Gain support.  The people around you can seriously impact how likely you are to make your dreams of a new you in the New Year come true or not.  It’s hard to lose weight when no one will watch the kids while you work out, or when every night is Burger King night.  Jut like it’s hard to stop drinking while spending every week night meeting your BFF at a bar.  Get the people in your life on board with your wishes to be different.  They may not want to change with you, but them being supportive of your decision to do so can make things much easier.  Besides, everyone needs a hype man, so get yourself one and you’ll be getting cheered all the way to your goal!

Try something new.  Nope you shoudn’t replace your ciggarette habit with a cupcake.  Do that and you will end up 60lbs heavier with a brand new, New Year’s resolution to attack in 2013.  But, now is a good time to fill you formerly-filled-with-a-bad-habit free time with something fun, new, and exciting to take your mind off stuffing your gut lighting a cig knocking back a few stealing office pens whatever former habit you’ve resolved to do away with in 2012.  Take up a new hobby (like reading supernatural vampire novels!) and not only will you be basking in your resolution-attaining glory, but you’ll also the proud owner of a new skill or talent you didn’t have before!

Go for it.  Don’t worry your pretty little head a bit about failing.  Or what other people will think of you if you do.  Or what you will think of you if you do.  Go big or go home, right?!  Can’t win if you don’t try, you know?!  Insert random, well known phrase for convincing people they have to give it all they’ve got if they want to be successful.  Point is, it’s all a mind game.  Once your brain truly decides that it’s not going to do the thing that it clearly loves doing so desperately, you really just need to get out of your own way, do all of the things I already mentioned, and then have at it!  If you fail (which, if you listen to me, you won’t) just tell everyone (including yourself) to suck it up and join you for this journey next year.  One of these year’s you’re bound to really mean it when you say you’re going to drop a few lbs, and when that happens, look out!

Interested in gaining some support, advice, and tips for 2012?  We’re hosting a Get Your Body Back Challenge right here on Tots2Tweens and we’d love to have you join us!  Our Tots2Tweens community is forming now so come join us!

About Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda is your friendly, neighborhood T2T head blogger.  She is in charge of bringing the blog awesome to Tots2Tweens on a daily basis!  She is a married mom to three cool Dudes (ages 3, 6, & 9) and one baby dog daughter.  In addition to making magic here on Tots2Tweens she also writes a pretty fan-freakin-tastic humor parenting blog called parenting BY dummies.   When she’s not bringing the pain online or chasing her Dudes up and down a field of some sort she is behind her camera capturing memories for gorgeous people with her Maryland photography business.  She also enjoys reality TV (she was even on a show once!), baked goodness, and watching other people take long walks on the beach.

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