Tips to Make the Resolution Stick

Post by Jamie Fairbairn: Kinesiology graduate & holistic nutrition student

Happy 2016!! The holidays have ended, the countdown to 2016 is over, and with routine beginning to settle in most of the New Years hype is over. Now thanks to social media, we’re constantly reminded of all the goals that we may not have accomplished over the past year. How did 2015 fly by… and what ever happened to our 2015 resolutions?!

The Elusive “Resolution”

Ask yourself: Do you even remember your 2015 NY’s resolution? Did you complete it? It is SO rare to find people who can say “yes” to these questions – but it shouldn’t have to be! Which is why this year, I’d love for you guys to join me and truly set ourselves up for a successful 2016 resolution. One we can actively work towards and feel great about once January 2017 rolls around!

Before breaking down successful resolution parameters with examples below, I’d love to hear some of your past resolutions in the comments below!!

Successful Resolution Parameters

Let’s set ourselves up for success! Pick a specific resolution, define it, set a timeline for completion, and maybe even think up ways to measure your progress and success.

For example: “In 2016 I will drink black coffee”

This is a resolution (the only resolution) I’m proud to say that I stuck to! This was simple enough to achieve and helped me feel great that I was accomplishing a goal. I was a “coffee with 2 sugars” kind of gal and wanted to cut back on refined sugar. A resolution like “eat less sugar” wouldn’t have been as effective because within a whole year’s time-frame this is nearly impossible to measure. And what does it mean exactly? Eat less sugar than last year? Eat less sugar than yesterday… You catch my drift! One the other hand, “drink black coffee” is specific, well defined, and easy to measure because coffee is either black (plain) or it’s not!

Setting up for Success

Choosing a New Year’s resolution and sticking to it is an extremely empowering feeling! Below are a few “old resolutions” which I’ve transformed into “new successful resolutions” that will hopefully inspire you to make 2016 your best year yet! Tag #HHH2016 on Instagram with your NY resolutions and progress! We’re in it together! #HHH2016

Old Resolutions “In 2016 I will…” New Successful Resolutions “In 2016 I will…”
“start running” “do 5-10 minutes of cardio 2x in January, 3x in February, and weekly in March. Do 10-20 minutes weekly in April, weekly in May, 5x each month during June-July-August, and challenge myself to do 10-20 minutes weekly in September – December, but make one of those weeks per month 30-60 minutes of cardio!”
“stretch more” ” stretch more. By December 2016 I want to be able to (ie touch my toes) or (ie do the splits). I will stretch for 5-20 minutes twice per week.”
“eat healthier” “learn to cook 2 signature dishes- one lunch and one dinner. I will find recipes online with at least 3 vegetables per recipe and I will cook each dish once before the end of January. By March I will have cooked each of these dishes at least 3 times so I’ll be familiar with which ingredients to keep around the house so I can whip up my signature healthy dish in a flash!” For this resolution, take a peek at HHH’s amazing meal ideas!
“save money”  “put aside (via automatic banking or piggy-banking) x number of dollars per week so by 2017 I’ll have saved $____!”

Happy 2016! Please share your New Years Resolutions and progress with the hashtag #HHH2016.

Jamie Fairbairn

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2 Comments

  1. Kirsten January 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    This is great! Very helpful. Thanks

    • Brit Linton January 15, 2016 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Thank-you! I’m so glad that you found this helpful 🙂 I did too and am totally making 2016 my year of “Save More Spend Less”! – Brit

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