Give Your New Year’s Resolution a Makeover

By on January 1, 2018

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t make a New Year’s Resolution. It’s tradition – like falling asleep in front of the television on Christmas Day, or singing Auld Lang Syne when the clock strikes twelve on New Years’ Eve.

And even though most people are determined to see them through, it doesn’t always seem to work out that way. Various excuses crop up as to why the New Years Resolution hasn’t stuck, or why it can’t be carried on.

Why do we even make these New Year’s Resolutions? Why January the 1st? After asking friends and colleagues, it seemed a pattern started to emerge.

New Year = New Beginnings. People like to set a date to start new things, whether it be quitting smoking or going to the gym. Sometimes it just has to be a Monday, but sometimes it has to be the beginning of a whole new year.

So, to kick start January, here are six steps to sticking to your New Year’s Resolution…

#1 Set Your Goal

You need to know where you are going before you try and get there. So figure out what it is you want your New Year’s Resolution to be, set a realistic time frame and steps along the way and you’re already well on your way to making it happen.

#2 Start Slowly

Going all out on day one is going to put you off your New Year’s Resolution quicker than you can say ‘Turkey curry anyone?’

Whether you just want to lose a few pounds or simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, don’t try to do it all at once! Slow and steady wins the race, we all know that.

#3 One Task Every Week

The new year is actually one of the hardest times to start something new. So beat the January slump by introducing your New Year’s resolution week by week. For a healthier lifestyle, for example:

– Week One – Park your car at the farthest point in the work car park.
– Week Two – Half the amount of sugar in your coffee AND park your car at the farthest point in the car park.
– Week Three – Drink one green tea every morning (Green Tea Extract is truly yummy), half the amount of sugar in your coffee AND park your car at the farthest point in the car park (you get the idea).

#4 Get Your Friends and Family Involved

There’s nothing worse than starting something new on your own, so link up your New Year’s Resolution with someone elses! Whether that means going on bike rides through the forest with your mum, or heading to Zumba with your pals – every little bit counts towards the final goal.

#5 Don’t Punish Yourself

Yes, you might slip up once or twice (I can’t say no to a mince pie and I do skip the odd gym class), but look at it like a game of snakes a ladders. You might slide down once or twice and and maybe lose track, but keep at it and you’ll make it to the end of the game. Try and figure out why the slip up happened, and then you will be able to stop it from happening next time.

#6 Recognise Your Achievements

The smallest triumph is still a triumph! Make sure you know how well you’ve done by documenting the changes that you go through. It could be running further in 15 minutes, naturally choosing Green Tea over regular tea, or finishing a full gym class. Whatever it is – you’ve done amazingly – so give yourself a pat on the back!

It’s so easy to start something new, but the real art is sticking at it, especially through the hardest months of the year. By using these simple steps at the beginning of 2019, you’ll easily be able to stick to that New Year’s Resolution. Make 2019 your year!

Tiffani Barrett

About Tiffani Barrett

Tiffani is a twenty-something fitness & lifestyle blogger from East Anglia. She spends her time creating simple, healthy recipes and exploring new work out ideas to keep things interesting. Catch up with her on Twitter & Instagram @thatfit_journey