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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution You Can Stick To

What type of health and beauty blog would it be if we didn’t discuss new year’s resolutions? This must be the all time #1 topic that resolutions focus on every year. Everyone says this is the year i’m finally going to lose those 10 pounds or try that new haircut. And 2 weeks in, most of us have fallen way off the wagon and given up. So how on earth do you set a resolution that you can keep?new year resolution

 

  1. Be SPECIFIC- “I’m going to lose some weight” means nothing. Put a number on it! Give yourself something clear to aspire to. Say “I’m going to drop 20 pounds.” or “I’m going to run a marathon (26.2 miles).”
  2. Set Checkpoints- Sure, technically December 31, 2014 is your deadline, but that’s an entire year away. Wouldn’t it be nice to hit your goal early and perhaps even surpass it? Divide your goal into monthly or weekly checkpoints so that you can track your progress. Seeing it as it happens is great motivation to make more progress!
  3. Remind yourself, OFTEN- Set a weekly reminder on your phone or leave yourself little notes around the house that restate your goals. Particularly in places that you tend to go in that moment of weakness. If snacking is inhibiting your weight loss, post a sign in the pantry that says “There are grapes in the fridge.” Whatever it takes to remind you that you have options besides the chips. Make a meme and set it as your screensaver or lock screen!
  4. Reward yourself- As you keep your resolution going, treat yourself every time you hit a MAJOR milestone. Say, every 10 pounds or every time you add an extra mile to your run. Allow yourself the rare slice of pizza (thin crust!), or a new hair accessory. And plan a larger reward for when you reach that final goal. A new outfit or a weekend roadtrip will be very deserved after you’ve met your goals.
  5. Keep the list short- Part of this depends on just how epic your goals are, but don’t stretch yourself so thin that you can’t possibly achieve them. I think an ideal number is not more than 5 resolutions. If you complete one before the year has ended, by all means replace it with another, but no more than 5 at a time.

So all that being said, what are my resolutions for 2014?

  • Lose 40 pounds- Ideally, by April, but I will give myself until my son’s second birthday in September.
  • Grow out my hair- I’d love to reach chin length by the end of the year. I’ll have to research more protective styles and healthy hair practices.
  • A Youtube channel- I’d love to make and share some video tutorials with the world. I think I could have some quality content ready to present by June. This will be more dependent on input from you, the readers. What would you like to hear more about?

So what’s your resolution for the year? Let’s do it big for 2014!

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