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It’s now been over week since the New Year, so I have to ask, if the rest of the year went like the first week of the year would you have a great year or would it be more of the same?  Did you start the year off with a commitment to health and fitness? Or did you fall back into the same old routine, that’s going to produce the same dissatisfying results?

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year.  It’s a time to decide if we want to make changes (or need) to make and to see if we have the will power to follow through on those changes.  Here’s why I like Beachbody products and challenge groups like the one’s you can click on at the top of this page.  According to University of Scranton  Journal of Clinical Psychology these are the most popular New Year’s Resolutions year after year.

1.) Lose Weight

2.) Get Organized

3.) Spend Less/Save More

4.) Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5.) Staying Fit and Healthy 

6.) Learn Something Exciting 

7.) Quit Smoking

8.) Help Others in their Dreams

9.) Fall in Love

10.) Spend More Time with Family 

If you notice 5 of the top 10 deal with a persons health and well being.  I wonder why that is?  The answer is simple, most, if not all Americans are concerned about being healthy and feeling good.  There is a long list of  evidence touting the benefits of fitness.  Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man.  Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis.  In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.  So why are 2/3 of Americans obese?

Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.  Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year.  Among the top new years resolutions are resolutions about weight loss and exercise.  The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes on: – past the first week: 75% – past 2 weeks: 71% – after one month: 64% – after 6 months: 46%

While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions and write them down are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make them at all.  So don’t make fun of someone for making a New Year’s resolution because they are more likely to full fill it than you.

The essentials of goal setting are strongly similar to resolution for the New Year. To better explain, here is what you must note to have easier but most effective ways to end next year with success:

1. Be specific.

Don’t just say I will start losing weight as soon as January 1 comes in or I will go to the gym more often.  After a few months, you want know how you have fared because you don’t know what your specific goal was. This is because generalizing your resolution makes it immeasurable.  But when you make it specific, setting New Year’s resolution can come really clear.  When I started P90X in March of 2009 I had a goal of losing 10 lbs in 90 days . . .that’s it, just 10 lbs.  Funny thing is I lose 10 lbs in the first 3 weeks.

If you want to lose weight, indicate how many pounds you want to shed off.  When you make your goal specific, you know how to achieve that figure or numbers and find it easy to monitor how you’re doing at it.  More importantly, setting New Year’s resolutions that are specific could come with specified modes of action to achieve it.  You’d know the Dos and Don’ts of the game when it’s specific.

2. Be realistic.

Anyone can say they want to lose weight but their actions in real life must be in sync with what they are capable of accomplishing. People who dream big but know so little and lack the discipline about achieving that dream often find themselves with just a dream. Plus, they get loads of frustration about life and themselves for not achieving their dream. Hence, their esteem is knocked down and out.

To avoid or lessen chances of failure, setting New Year’s resolution must be anchored on reality.  As with goal setting, there must be a lifetime or long-term target involved, as well as chunks of smaller goals that all lead to achieving just one resolution.  Base your resolutions on improving yourself step by step.

In setting New Year’s resolutions that are realistic, check ahead, if the goal is too overwhelming, you might want to tone down your resolution.

A realistic goal is something you want for yourself that can be achieved; an unrealistic one is something you wish to become or have based on how you want people to see you. But even if your goal for 2012 is simply about learning to manage your time better or exercising more, that would be realistic. It is what you want and you can do it, without too much attention to how others would see it.

3. Tell Others.

Those who have been successful with their New Year’s resolutions got by with a little help from people around them.  It could be their closest friends, people from work, a mentor or their family.  Beachbody offers a coaching plan to allow people like myself who have achieved great success with their products to help others.  If you would like me to coach you through a specific workout or nutrition plan just CLICK HERE and make me your coach.  Its FREE!!!! 

By making your aspiration known to others who play a significant role in your life, you get support along the way. At the same time, you get reminders every now and then that the efforts need to be consistent. Some friends or family members often check and see how you are doing with your weight loss program or the stress-reducing calendar at work.

Once you have that clear, realistic goal for 2012, let two or a few more people know your aspiration. This way, you’re getting a fans’ club or cheerers or a support group to keep you inspired in the pursuit.

4. Set a Deadline.

Deadlines might be a stressful word for some. But if you’re setting New Year’s resolutions with no time frame in mind, chances are, you have the rest of this century to achieve it!

It is vital to make your goals measurable by periods.  If you plan to lose 20 lbs or run a 1/2 marathon in June next year, don’t quit when it’s the end of May.  Instead, dial into your nutrition and what you are putting in your body starting on New Year’s eve with gradual improvements for the next few weeks.  After three months, check how you are doing.  The same way with exercise, find you a workout program and push play everyday.  If it’s too difficult find ways to modify your workouts to make sure you accomplish them each day.  Beachbody offers workout programs (DVD’s, nutrition plans and equipment) for men, women, people who are in shape and for people that are wanting to lose weight.  Some you may recognize: P90X, Insanity and the New P90X 2.  Some other great workouts include: Chalean Extreme, Body Gospel, Power 90, 10 minute trainer and Turbo Fire.

Work slowly but surely towards it.  It is important to get any resolution measured by periods, lest you get the same fleeting commitment by Christmas of 2012.

5. Have fun and reward yourself.

Setting New Year’s resolutions aren’t meant to be punishments or agonizing efforts.  Sure, it might be so for those struggling with hundreds of pounds to lose, but what comes ahead is a rewarding end. That makes the goal meaningful and the result truly a triumph for one battling long-standing unhealthy habits. People struggling with obesity as a result of overeating and other unhealthy diet practices, are likely to be struggling emotionally and physically with implementing their resolutions. With such grim scenario, it’s difficult to find “fun” in there.

But the element of enjoyment over sticking to your New Year’s resolution need not be in the difficulty but what you would put in place of what you’re going to cut off or lose. People must choose to put the “fun” element instead of hoping its fun to go through all the emotional roller-coaster of change. Personally, my success at eating healthy came with learning new ways to cook and prepare food.  Three years ago I never though I would be cooking my own healthy meals . . .and enjoying it at the same time!

As for setting New Year’s resolutions that are rewarding, look ahead again and look deep within you. If the picture of successfully achieving that goal puts a smile to your face right away, and feed a sudden desire to do something meaningful right now, that goal is indeed rewarding!

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