Sticking To My New Year’s Resolutions #2014

I know there’s this big movement against resolutions, but for me – resolutions or setting goals for myself works. They motivate me and keep me focused. After having Baby Amelia, I (still) have to lose baby weight and honestly – I also have pre-baby weight to lose. This year is going to be the year that I do that – without going on some ridiculous fad diet. I began by making small changes at the end of last year, but then the holidays happened. Enough said, right? Well, now that the Christmas cookies are gone – I can focus on making real changes by consistently working out and eating right. I am ready! 2014 is going to be a great year!


Beyond my own personal weight loss and fitness goals though, my biggest goal is that we, as a family, are healthy. That means that we ALL need to be active and eat right. So some of our family goals for 2014 include the following:

  • Healthy eating
  • Drink more water
  • Spend more time outside being active
  • Make time to read
  • Slow down and enjoy one another (i.e. put away the iPhones and electronics)


After making this list, Mike and I sat down and talked about what the game plan would be – how we would actually stick to these resolutions. Here’s what we came up with!

How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

1. First of all, begin by making your resolutions realistic and attainable.

2. Make a list of what you need to do to achieve your goals.

3. Plan, plan, and plan some more! For instance, for both Mike and I to workout at the gym I have to get up at 6am and workout first. Mike takes Lucas to school and then meets me at the gym where he gives me Amelia. So for all of this to happen, we have to 1). Be prepared. We have to make lunches the night before, set out clothes, etc. 2). Go to bed early the night before. This is tough because we are night owls. 3). Be highly synchronized and be a TEAM.

4. Set reminders of your goals around the house. We have a list up on the refrigerator and we make a point to discuss our goals every day – that way they are top of mind ALL.THE.TIME.

5. Track your progress. For instance, I set up a My Fitness Pal account and am journaling my food and will be using it to track my weight loss over the coming months (year or however long it takes me to get to where I want to be). I also bought a FitBit Force to help motivate me to get in at least 10,000 steps a day and to track how many calories I’ve burned. I have to say that I LOVE it!

6. Anticipate obstacles. This is a big one. You need to figure out what normal, everyday occurrences are going to get in the way of you sticking to your resolutions and figure out solutions ahead of time. And, notice that I said ARE GOING because the reality is that life is full of curveballs.

7. Get some support. For us, making our resolutions as a family is great because we can cheer each other on, remind each other when we’re off-course, etc. It’s important to have a support system in place!

8. Be kind to yourself. Realize that there will be bumps in the road, but when there are – you need to pick right back up and stay the course.

9. Be in it for the long-haul. I know that we all want things quickly, but it’s important to remember that change doesn’t happen over night. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get there. Baby steps.

10. Reward your successes!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014 for all of us!