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How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Do you have New Year’s Resolutions? In the past, maybe your goal was to lose weight, spend more time with friends and family, or quit smoking. If you’re like many Americans, you likely have found that sticking to your resolutions is easy to do at first, but as the year drags on, you ultimately revert back to your old ways. By the end of the year, you look back only to wonder what went wrong.

As 2014 begins, you’ve probably already started your new New Year’s resolutions. To improve your chances of maintaining your goals and to finally get over that New Year’s resolution hump, we’ve provided some helpful tips.

Plan Ahead

People who procrastinate rarely see the same results as those who plan ahead of time. In other words, don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to decide on your resolution.

Slow And Steady

Completely changing a lifestyle in a few days or dropping a habit cold turkey is just not a realistic idea for most people. If your goal is to lose weight, then don’t begin your year strenuously working out 5 to 6 days a week. Instead, start with 2 to 3 days, and gradually exercise more once you feel more confident. If you wish to quit smoking, try lighting up a few times less per week until you eventually kick the habit altogether. Don’t forget about nicotine gum and patches, which have also been known to be very helpful for some individuals as well.

Partner Up

As the old saying goes, “There’s strength in numbers,” and when attempting to accomplish your New Year’s resolution, this couldn’t be more true. Studies have shown that getting a friend or significant other involved with your resolution greatly increases the chances of you completing your goal. It also gives you someone to talk to about your progress throughout the process.

Track Your Progress

Keeping track of smaller achievements will help in attaining your overall goal. Example: When attempting to eat healthier, use a journal to log what you eat, and weigh yourself once a week. Literally seeing your performance in action will help keep you motivated to accomplish your resolution.

Reward Yourself

Celebrate your success by rewarding yourself throughout the year. However, treat yourself to things that won’t contradict your progress. Example: Don’t go on an eating frenzy if your goal is to get in shape. Instead, buy yourself some new workout clothes or fitness gear that will further aid reaching your overall goal.

No matter what your New Year’s resolution is, these tips can help ensure that you stay on the right track in 2014. Perhaps your goal is to look more youthful or lose that last little bit of stomach fat that has prevented you from having that great body. At our Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Renato Calabria regularly performs many facial and body contouring procedures.

Please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon today. Have a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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