Well, folks, we’re one week into the new year. How many people have already given up on their resolutions? Like most everyone else I know, previously I would have already broken mine. But I’ve finally figured out some strategies that are making it easy for me to stick to my weight loss resolution. And honestly, for the first time I’m actually confident that I’ll be able to stick to it. Here are some tools I’m using to accomplish this.
First, I have a clear and concise goal and have actually made a formal resolution. According to a study at the University of Scranton, formal resolvers are 10 times more Sonus Complete likely to succeed than non-resolvers with the same goals and motivation. So, instead of simply wanting to lose weight, I want to lose 30 pounds in 3 months. This is my one resolution. I only have so much willpower so I’m not diluting it by have 7 other resolutions. I’m finding that this one resolution actually covers other goals of mine – to increase my exercise and to drink less wine.
Second, I’ve spread the word among my friends and family that this is what I’m doing. There have been many times when my pride has kept me from blowing my resolve. Whatever works, I say. Last year I joined a weight loss pool, which was another great motivator for me. I came in second with a 30 pound weight loss and won $300. According to stickK.com, an online goal setting program, the success rate for people who don’t name a referee or set financial stakes is only 29 percent, but it rises to 59 percent when there’s a referee and to 71.5 percent when there’s money at stake. And when a contract includes a referee and financial stakes, the success rate is nearly 80 percent. Livestrong.com also has challenges and dares and all sorts of opportunities for group support.
One of the most valuable things for me has been not to beat myself self up if I have a lapse. Previously, if temptation got the best me at lunch, I’d give up on the whole day. Allowing lapses has been very freeing, and I actually am finding it easier to avoid that piece of cake because I know I can have it if I really want it. One of the cheeriest new findings from diet research comes from an experiment in which people had to resist a bowl of M&M’s. The ones who told themselves they could have the candy later had a much easier time than the ones who swore off M&M’s permanently.