When It’s Hard to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Well, here we are at the end of January and those New Year’s resolutions we were so pumped about a month ago are not so exciting anymore.  Personally I am ready to eat something that’s not on my list of approved items right about now.

Yes, I, along with 100 million other people, made a weight loss resolution.  I’m nothing if not original.  I also made some financial goals, which have me spending less and working more.  Eating less and spending less can be a shock to a girl’s system.  Those old habits die hard.

That’s why this is a great time to step back and take a hard look at the resolutions I made a month ago to regain my inspiration and determination.  Just because it gets hard doesn’t mean I have to stop trying!

Here are 5 things I do to help me stick to it after a month of changing my patterns:

  1. Step back and evaluate my plan.  Is what I am doing too much?  Has it been working?  Do I need to shift the program a little to set myself up for fresh success?  Just because you change a plan doesn’t mean you aren’t on the right track.
  2. Write down new goals. Maybe my goal on the first of January was to lose 50 pounds this year.  Now’s the time to freshen up that vision.  I can make a 10 pound weight loss in February goal, or firm up my abs goal.  Make a few new goals that fit with your original plan, but will give you a new start.
  3. Clean out a drawer.  I tend to get down about how far I have to go or about not doing as well as I wanted with my goals.  When that happens I choose a small area to clean up.  A junk drawer, the car, a spot in my closet (am I the only one who has a perpetually messy closet no matter how hard I try?!).  This should take less than an hour and make you feel like you have really accomplished something.  That feeling of accomplishment will spread to other areas after that.
  4. Rest.  Taking time to step away from your personal goals and just be still is an amazing way to boost your success.  It seems like it wouldn’t matter, but oh it does!  Jesus said to the apostles in Mark 6:31, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.”  God wants us to slow down sometimes and rest.  In the case of losing weight, I don’t take a break from the diet, but I do make myself stop thinking about food and exercise and I just rest my mind.  It makes me stronger!
  5. Read a book.  There are so many amazing books that encourage me to reach my goals.  When I’m needing a boost in my determination I pick one up and read.  Even a few pages can really fill my tank and help me keep going.  It’s like hearing from a wise friend (who you don’t know and will never meet but may stalk on Facebook).

The kids need these tips too!  They want to feel like a success and need your support to keep trying. The Brave Girls Devotional is a great one to pick up when your daughter is feeling like she can’t succeed.  For the boys try One God, One Plan, One Life by Max Lucado.  It’s simple yet helpful to stop focusing only on our outside goals and remember the inner growth that needs to happen.

Me, I will be evaluating this week and making a few, minor changes to my weight loss plan.  It’s working well, but I always like a change to keep me excited about it.  And I will be definitely doing a lot of reading.  Books rev up my success by giving me fresh ideas, inspiring me with their brilliance and holding me to a high standard that tends to slip when I am on my own.

Here’s to your success!  Let’s keep it up all year long and make permanent, positive changes in our lives.

YOUR TURN!

How will you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions?

Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24, . When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.

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About Lisa Pennington

Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 27 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point, and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24, . When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.