“2013 will be the year of a new me”. Sound familiar?

If you are like the majority of people that, on the run up to Christmas, suddenly experienced a surge of motivation to make a New Year’s Resolution, how’s it going for you? January will soon be coming to an end; marking the point in the year where many people simply see their resolutions fly straight out of the metaphorical window. Now that the real life has started again and the work routine has returned to normal, time to do anything else suddenly becomes very hard to find.

To make sure you stick to your resolution (whether this is to eat more healthily, get fit, or a combination of both), the key is to be realistic and set small, regular but achievable goals, in order to avoid your resolution being put in the bin along with the remains of the Christmas turkey.

So what can you do to ensure you stay on track?

Create a goal that you can achieve.

With the holidays now nothing more than a distance memory, sit down and think about what you want to achieve. If your end result is to lose a stone this year, set small goals (maybe to lose two pounds a week) and set dates of how and when you’re going to achieve this. Whatever your goal, remember it needs to be objective and measurable.

Get the right fitness wear.

Invest in a pair of trainers. If you’re planning on running to improve your fitness levels, it is important you think about comfort. With your feet sorted, the steps are there in front of you to a new you.

Don’t fall after the first knock back.

Be prepared that you may get knocked back; this is when the majority of people give up on their resolution (don’t be one of them)! Try keeping a list of what will boost your motivation and refer to this list when you need a motivation lift. If you do have a setback, just start again the next day. Try and share your resolution with friends and family, it’s no fun doing it all alone.


Above all, reward yourself! Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something naughty that you’ll enjoy. This doesn’t mean eating the whole box of chocolates, but it will help you stay on track.


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“Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.” – Jesse Jackson  

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