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I didn't achieve my New Year's Resolution last year, but I will this year. Here's why

In it to win it

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This is a post by Abigail B. (@shaudae on PumpUp). Follow her on Tumblr and on her Wordpress blog at Inspiration Served Daily

My New Year’s Resolution for 2014 was to get fit and be at my goal weight of 120 pounds by December 2014. As we all know by now, that didn’t work out as planned. My New Year’s Resolution for 2015 regarding being at my goal weight of 120 pounds has not changed but this time I will be at my goal weight by June 2015 and I will maintain it – watch me do it.

This is how I plan on accomplishing my New Year’s Resolution goal:

  • Working out - I will work out at least 4 times every week, listen to my personal trainer’s advice and stick to my diet regardless of how good fried chicken and rice and peas smells. (If you can’t tell, I’m Caribbean!)
  • Motivation - I will motivate myself every day to accomplish my goal. When I’m motivated I work harder and I feel more energized. I know that there will be days that I won’t feel like working out and I will want to eat a double whopper from Burger King. I have an amazing team of supporters, which includes family members, friends, my personal trainer and my 24 hour support team – my PumpUp family. Y’all are amazing!!
  • Delayed GratificationAs an extension of motivation, I will reward myself during my transformation process. I will not reward myself with food, but with a manicure or a pedicure or a complete spa day, I deserve it! 
  • I will be honest with myself – The truth is, we sometimes lie to ourselves. Ever had any of these thoughts: “Two slices of cheesecake won’t hurt”, “I should eat this ice cream – my body needs the calories”, “After my workout, I’m gonna be a couch potato and I need a small bag of potato chips to do that”? These are all lies. coaxing yourself to eat a bag of potato chips for 4 minutes, then spending 15 minutes working off the calories is not fun, I know this. I will be honest with myself regarding my limits, the fact is; I’m not advanced at this ‘gym life’ therefore my body needs time to adjust. Don’t try to do 4 sets of 20 ‘sit ups’ and you can’t do 3 sets of 16; everything in moderation!
  • I will also appreciate my transformation process – We work out and expect to see immediate results. This isn’t realistic. We gain weight over time. Therefore, the process to lose weight will not be done overnight.

I’m sure the process to keeping my New Year’s Resolution will be one filled with tears, excitement, pain, and happiness. I’m in it to win it!

- Abigail Brady

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Your 3-step solution to making better New Year’s Resolutions [INFOGRAPHIC]

Your 3-step solution to making better New Year’s Resolutions [INFOGRAPHIC]

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New Year's Resolution Infographic and Statistics // PumpUp Blog

New year, new you? It isn’t easy, but you can achieve your 2015 goals for real. According to one study, 45% of Americans usually make resolutions for the New Year. Given that the U.S. population was just over 317 million at the start of the 2014 year, and that a dismal 8% are reported to successfully achieve their resolutions, this means a whopping 131 million Americans did not achieve their resolutions in 2014. Millions more around the world may have experienced this same failure rate.
Why do so many people make resolutions, while so few succeed? The pre-frontal cortex is an area of the brain responsible for controlling one’s will-power among other important functions, including abstract problem solving and short-term memory.
Asking the pre-frontal cortex to immediately adjust to a big, abstract, and daunting New Year’s resolution is like asking an untrained individual to perform Beyoncé’s choreography perfectly: it won’t work. Like a muscle, the pre-frontal cortex falters easily without proper training.  This means that smaller and attainable goals will be easier to accomplish than larger ones.
If you do these three steps when you’re making a resolution this year, you’ll have a greater chance of being successful.
  • Be specific.  Set tangible goals with concrete deadlines that you can gradually work up to. Rather than making a generalized goal to, for example, run more often this year, train for a race instead.
  • Make a schedule. Take time to create a plan and set mini-benchmarks for yourself. Reward yourself when you transcend tiny personal milestones along the way. Set aside specific days each week for your resolution, or sign up for something that already adheres to a schedule, such as a class. Don’t wait until you ‘have the time’ to work on your resolution.
  • Track your progress. Make gradual changes and don’t expect too much too soon. Patience is everything. Mobile apps such as PumpUp are an excellent way to log your progress while other like-minded people cheer you on. It’s important to have a support team to keep you accountable.

Sources
“New Years Resolution Statistics.” University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology via Statistic Brain (2014). Web.
“U.S. Population Clock.” United States Census Bureau (2014). Web.
Diamond, Dan. “Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How They Do It.” Forbes Magazine (2013). Web.
Lehrer, Jonah. “Blame it on the Brain.” Wall Street Journal (2009). Web.
Webley, Kayla. “Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions.” TIME Magazine (2012). Web.
Widrich, Leo. “The Science of New Year’s Resolutions.” Buffer Social.(2013). Web.
Vanderkam, Laura. “7 Secrets from People Who Kept Their New Year’s Resolutions” Fast Company (2014). Web.
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