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Maintaining New Year's resolutions

2014, the new year, time to make good on those resolutions.

Topping the list once again, in regards to the promise of self-improvement, is getting fit,  followed by gaining financial control.

At Global Fitness in Kelowna, personal trainer Jesse Sibbald says every January the gym is jam packed with people who are 'gung ho' to get going on their New Year's resolutions.

"But anywhere between three and eight weeks later we are back to normal again," he says.

So why is it that those who may have the best intentions can't always follow through much past the first month of the year?

Life coach and author of 'Build a Better Year'  Beth Veenkamp says it may be the unrealistic goals we are setting for ourselves.

"We tend to make sweeping declarations about how we are going to eliminate, cut out, fix, change things, and that never works. That works for the first three weeks of January and then by the time March rolls around you don't even remember what it is you said you were going to do, and by June that is way long gone."

Small incremental steps may be the better way to making those resolutions last, or a least remembered past the first month of the year, she explains.

Sibbald says when it comes to getting in shape sometimes people are upset when they can't see results right away and give up.

"They come in and go 100 per cent but three weeks later they look and feel the same, and that is normal, it doesn't happen over night."

Instead, Sibbald suggests enjoying the journey of self-improvement, have fun and good things will happen.

For those struggling with resolution number two 'spend less, save more'  Veenkamp says no one gets in debt in a month, so no one can get out of debt in a month.

"If  you can see yourself doing it in June it is usually a good goal or resolution to set for yourself but you know in your heart you are never going to do that (save money), then why even set yourself up."

She suggests that by telling someone about your New Year's resolution you commit and become accountable.

"That 'we're not going to tell anyone what our goals are, we are just going to show up one day 40 pounds lighter', well that never works."

Castanet did a poll on January 1, asking about resolutions and how people did with their goals last year and if they made new ones this year. We had 645 people respond; 95 said they made resolutions this year. Here are the full results:

  • 32 people said they made new resolutions this year and stuck with the ones they made last year
  • 29 said that they made resolutions this year but they did not keep the ones they made last year
  • 34 people said they made resolutions this year but they did not make any last year
  • 10 said they did not make any this year but they did last year and kept them
  • 10 others said they did not make any this year and failed at keeping the ones they made last year
  • 530 said they do not make any resolutions
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