It’s that time of the year again when thoughts go forward to the dawn of a new year and the possibilities to change your life that come with it. With thoughts of wiping your life slate clean and starting over you may be making several resolutions again this year. Think back to this time last year and ask yourself what the chances might be for your success this time.
If you recall many years of failed resolutions then follow these guidelines for ways to make this then year when you set a resolution you keep and achieve.

What not to do:
Be vague about what you want to achieve. Promises to yourself that you will succeed with the weight loss or the fitness goals you want to be happier and healthier are likely to fail again.
Set goals which you could never achieve. It’s good to aim high but you need to be realistic about what could be possible too in relation to your current lifestyle, your age and fitness.
Don’t plan anything and expect that somehow or other you’ll find the motivation and time to do the exercise classes, go to the gym or buy and prepare healthier food. It just won’t happen on its own.
Keep it a secret from those close to you. If you don’t tell them what you are planning to d they won’t be able to support and encourage you to reach your goals.

Things to do:
Be as specific as you can be. You need to set yourself a very specific amount of weight you want to lose and spell out exactly what you plan to do raised your chance of success this time.
Aim high but not too high. Be inspired by other people’s success especially if they are a similar age and fitness level as you.
Keep a diary both to plan your new routines and to journal the ups and downs of your journey of change. Planning when you can introduce new routines into your day and then writing when you plan to do what is both motivating and enables you to move forward with your goal achievement successes.
Share your challenges with other people: those nearest and dearest in your family or amongst your friends. Also find others to form a support group with others facing similar challenges is a great way to keep going if you face some setbacks and encourage you to get back on track.

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