Checking in With Your New Year’s Resolutions

The first half of the year is nearly behind us. How are you feeling about the resolutions you committed to in January?

Did you just cringe when you read that sentence? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone. The vast majority of people who come up with New Year’s resolutions end up not following through on them. In fact, only about eight percent of people do.

So what can you do to be numbered among the eight percent? Start by following these tips…

Chin Up

Let’s face it: the first half of the year has been super busy and probably more-than-a-little stressful. Maybe you just finished paying off holiday bills. The kids have just finished school. You’re probably in the midst of spring cleaning.

Don’t try to bottle up your feelings about the first half of 2018. If it has been frustrating, own up to it. The sooner you can forgive yourself for “slipping” on some of your New Year’s goals, the sooner you can start focusing on the now. Hop to it.

Keep it Simple

If you’re revisiting your New Year’s resolutions and you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, then chances are that your goals may be unreasonable, too big, or too vague.

If you’re like most Utahns, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to “lose weight.” Instead, why not break it down into smaller, more tangible steps?

  • Exercise 15 minutes per day
  • Drink more water
  • Eat one veggie per day

Focus on one small goal at a time and follow through. You can do this.

Be Realistic

You’re probably not going to lose 25 pounds in a single week. In fact, if you do, there is probably something wrong and you should likely see a doctor. However, you can certainly lose 25 pounds by the end of the year.

Be realistic and don’t be ashamed at the level you’re at right now. As you continue to improve, you’ll be able to continually aim higher while still being reasonable.