Keeping your New Year's resolutions

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It is that time of year again, when everyone starts planning for their new life in the new year. Some of the most common New Year's resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier and to stop procrastinating. The problem with New Year's resolutions is many people have forgotten them by the beginning of February.

The key to achieving goals in the new year is to start small. For example, instead of saying you are going to lose weight, first try to give up a specific junk food. Start with something like cutting back on your pizza intake from three to two slices each time you eat. It doesn't sound like much, but if you start small you can work your way to your overall goal.

My New Year's resolution this year, which should be no surprise, is to lose 20 pounds, to exercise consistently and to do a better job keeping up with my friends.

To lose weight, I am going to cut back on eating candy. I have already cut soda out of my diet. I would like to increase the number of vegetables I eat, to go along with cutting out more fattening foods. I do not know if I'll reach my goal of losing 20 pounds, but I should be able to lose some weight and I will be better off for the effort.

Another important part to reaching resolution goals is to remain flexible. Remember most people don't reach their New Year's goals. If you start with a goal, give yourself time to achieve it. You have the whole year to achieve your goal so don't get frustrated and stick to it.

Make sure you set some fun goals for yourself, too. I selected a goal of keeping up with friends because that represents an immediate payoff. Spending time with friends and family may not be an option, but you can always let those you care about know that you are thinking of them through Facebook and email. The world is connected like it has never been before, take advantage!

If you keep a positive attitude and are willing to put in the work, you can achieve your goals for the new year.