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Thoughts about New Year's Resolutions - hifranc
Thoughts about New Year's Resolutions
Do you keep to your New Year's Resolutions throughout the year?

Lots of people don't and, to tell the truth, I didn't until a few years ago.

The standard advice is that you have to have a specific, measurable goal to stick to. For example, the experts say that if exercise is your goal then you should make a resolution along the lines of "I will go to the gym twice a week". However, for me, that didn't work. The reason being that if I got into a situation where I just didn't have the energy to go to the gym/exercise for a couple of weeks then I had failed. I could try to catch up but, if then I found it too tiring to try and maintain a higher schedule and, in the end, I gave up.

Nowadays, my resolutions for health are:

1. On average, I will exercise more than I did last year.
2. On average, I will eat more healthily than I did last year.

For some people that is too "woolly" and not strict enough to be motivating. For me, however, that is very motivating. It allows for the fact that I am going to have off days and weeks, and that I'm not always going to do what I know I should do. However, it means that, for most of the time, there's a chance of recovering and the knowledge that I could still succeed is motivating for me.

Nowadays, I look forward to going to the gym, I don't like the taste of junk food any more and I love having fruit when I want a snack.

Obviously my approach won't work for everyone and there's a reason why the experts advise what they advise. Take the time to work out what is motivating for you.

{edited to correct spelling mistakes}

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