I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a whirlwind of a year with both highs and lows. As the countdown to 2017 quickly approaches we reflect on the year behind. The fresh beginning can be a great time for new opportunities.
If you are like me, your New Year’s resolution has been: “Be healthier; more gym, less bread,” for 10 consecutive years. It seems to be the perfect pick; feel better, look better, live longer, etc. Over a third of the population wishes to achieve the goal of getting fit and eating healthy. With gym attendance spiking January 1 and slowly decreasing not long after, it’s safe to say that the easy pick can be hard to keep up with. No matter what your resolution is come midnight, use these tricks to stick with it all year long:
- Check in on your progress weekly. This will help you get an accurate portrayal of your progress and keep you motivated and on track.
- Use apps to track your progress. There are millions of options to choose from depending on your resolution but pick one that you find to be easy to use and will hold you accountable.
- Buddy up. It is nice to have a friend or family member who can keep you on track. I have found it is best to partner up with someone with a similar goal to support and check in on one another.
- Allow yourself a cheat day. Yes, I said it! Feeling constantly deprived can easily lead to giving up your goals. Most likely you are seeking a lifestyle change and long-term achievements.
- Write down your goals. Sometimes writing out what you hope for makes the goal feel solidified. Keep your written goals some place you will see them everyday, like a bathroom mirror, to help you stay committed during the journey.
- Reward yourself for hitting goals. When you first write out your resolution, set goals and timelines. If you hit your goal by set timeline, treat yourself! The reward will keep you motivated.
There is no right way to pick or create a New Year’s resolution. You can sit down and write out a perfectly planned list of things you wish you had done better in the year prior or hurdles you hope to conquer in the year ahead. Resolutions can be personal, professional, spiritual or just for fun! I set out to find others’ past resolutions to inspire myself this coming New Years Eve—read on below for a little inspiration!
“Watch more Oprah!” — Molly, New Jersey
“I don’t typically believe in waiting a year to ‘resolve’—it should be a daily thing: I’ll say, to communicate on a deeper level with the people I love (not just in my music…). And to not eat French fries everyday!” — Jay-Z
“Travel more and say no to less!” — Alex, Pennsylvania
“Read the newspaper more often.” — Lauryn, New York
“Not to have a New Year’s resolution! I never stick with them. And if anything I live a pretty healthy life. I don’t withhold from carbs. If anything, to be more present. Because I’m always not enjoying the moment and that’s such an actor thing to say, but it’s true. Just enjoy, be grateful for what you have.” — Jamie Chung
“Go to church every Sunday.” — Elizabeth, Connecticut
“Drink more water.” — Chris, New York
“To get smaller underwear.” — Drew Barrymore
“Kick the habit of checking emails on nights and weekends.” — Julia, California
“Get on a good routine of waking up early, and getting a head start on my day.” — Thomas, Virginia
“Next year I’m going to try to find my dog Ginger a soulmate. And I’ve got to find one for myself. There’s a lot of work I’ve got to do. I know because I’ve lived with me.” — Ryan Seacrest
“Stop being so hard on myself and not to be afraid to stand up for what I want!” — Courtney, Florida
“Read one book a week.” — Billy, Massachusetts
“1. Do not get upset about stupid things. 2. Do Pilates three times a week. 3. Wear a helmet when I ski.” — Valentino
What are your resolutions for 2017? What past resolutions of your own would you recommend to others? Share with us below.