The Secret to Sticking to Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution and a Chance to Win $400.

As we enter the third week of January and the excitement of the new year begins to fade, most of us are resigning ourselves to the fact that this year will be no different than the last and we try our best to ignore the mounting guilt that comes with realizing we’ve already given up on our New Year’s Resolution. Oh yes we were committed when we made it and determined to make it happen come hell or high water.

But somehow, just a few weeks into the new year we already feel a little deflated… We lack energy… Motivation…

Secret

Yes it’s true, statistics tell us that more than 90% of people who made a New Year Resolution have abandoned it by now.

And there’s a simple reason for that – LIFE!

Although we’ve pulled out a new calendar and have to remember to change the last digit every time we write out the date, day to day life is pretty much unchanged. We have the same list of endless tasks begging for our attention every day – loads of laundry to do, piles of dishes to wash, booboos to kiss, fevers to attend to, band practice, soccer practice, school work, housework, work work, volunteer work…

And not a moment to sit back and just breathe.

Yes we’ve fallen back into the same routine because let’s face it, without it we’d go insane!

Yet as much as routine can be a life saver, it also becomes the greatest obstacle to change.

And there lies the key to everything… The secret to sticking to your Healthy New Year Resolution is to change the routine!

In a recent survey I conducted on my Facebook page more than 200 of you shared that your number one goal for 2015 was to be healthier.

That goal was expressed in a number of ways:

“I want to loose weight”
“I want to eat healthier”
“I want to exercise more”
“I want to cut back on sugar”
“I want to…”

In a second survey in which I asked you to identify the greatest obstacle to reaching that goal, three answers prevailed:

Time
Motivation
Money

Time is the one I want to address today because no matter what, time is the one thing we all have equally.

I know you’ve heard this before: We are all gifted the same 24 hours each and every day. What differs is what we make of these 24 hours.

If you want to make 2015 your healthiest year ever, your health has to be your priority each and every day. Here are a few simple ideas to help you achieve this:

Schedule your workout first thing in the morning

Exercise is one of the things most moms I know want to do more of but have little time for.
Make it a priority! Put it in your schedule before you add anything else and then do it!
I schedule my exercise firs thing in the morning for many reasons but mostly because that way I don’t risk letting other things get in the way and reaching the end of the day too tired and distracted. I feel good knowing I’ve honored my commitment to myself, feel energized for my day and able to get through my other tasks more efficiently.

Do your grocery shopping before you get hungry

I generally do my grocery shopping right after I drop the girls off at school. I generally have a filling breakfast before I lead the house so I am not hungry by the time I hit the grocery and I can lead with my head, not my growling stomach. Foods tend to be fresher and stores less crowded so I get done faster.

Join an established program instead of doing it alone

As you know I decided to start my year with a 21 day cleanse challenge as I felt it was the best way to get back into healthy eating habits. And though I could have made everything myself I decided to sign up with a program that delivers everything I need right to my door. This has made it super easy and I’ve been able to stick to the plan beautifully. It’s something I highly recommend especially if sticking to a program is something you struggle with. There is also something to making a financial commitment that tends to motivate us to stay the course of a program. We don’t want to feel as though we’ve wasted our investment. We also benefit from a built in support system. Whether you join an actual group or program in your community or join a virtual community, having that support is priceless.

Along with support, we all know the importance of accountability when it comes to sticking to our healthy plan. And to that end I am happy to bring you our first DARE for the year, from United Healthcare.

As I mentioned earlier, MONEY (or lack of money) was one of the top three obstacles to reaching your goals so how you would like a chance to win $400 Visa Card just for sticking to your healthy resolution?

To enter simply go to wedareyoutoshare.com/share and upload a photo or video of your healthy resolution.

Show us your new running shoes, your sweaty face, your mouth watering healthy recipes, your favorite book to relax with.. Have fun with it and share your links with me so I can celebrate with you as well!

While you are on the United Healthcare website take a minute to check out some of their other dares for even more chances to win.

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This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions are my own. 

Do you have any tips to share with other moms for sticking to your healthy resolution? What have you found to be your greatest motivator?

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About Valerie 

Valerie Remy-Milora is the mother of 3 amazing girls, an author, public speaker, coach and founder of Scrumptious Moms. She is passionate about empowering moms to embrace self care and live a vibrant, joyful life with their loved ones. A health and fitness nut, she is an advocate for chemical-free living, real food and GMO labeling. She believes in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

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Comments

  1. I have actually thought about joining Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig or the like to help me lose weight….maybe one day when we are on better financial ground.

    • Joining a group certainly helps Theresa. Maybe you can get together with a couple of friends who also want to lose weight and form a group of your own until finances allow you to join a more formal group. You can support each other, even shop together, share recipes and so forth. That might be a good first step.

  2. These are all great suggestions for staying on track! I think the winter slump can unmotivate a lot of people. The spring is usually when I get my motivation back.

    • Spring is a time of renewal and quite inspiring indeed Elaina, and if you live where temperatures are cold you’ll naturally want to cozy up inside and preserve your energy. Grab a couple of friends and challenge each other to stay motivated and committed. You’ll all be glad you did 🙂

  3. Great ideas! My 2015 resolution is not to make any unnecessary purchases for myself. In other words, no clothes, no camera equipment; nothing but food and toiletries. I have sticky notes all over the house reminding myself of what I’ll spend my money on instead (travel!) and that’s definitely curbed any impulse purchases.

  4. The best tip I have is to make your resolution public. Tell everyone you know that this is what you are going to do. Having to stick with it or face public humiliation over not keep at it is a good motivator for me.

  5. Oye. It’s funny how motivation works. Today I actually followed one of your tips and did my workout before I even had my morning coffee and got in over 13,000 steps today but now I’m just feeling so defeated.

  6. Your first point about the workout being the very first thing in the morning is the only way I can do it. I step onto the floor and into my workout shoes!

  7. These are all really good tips. I personally haven’t found anything that works well for sticking with resolutions. I personally don’t seem to get past January before I fail to keep them.

    • Oh no Crystal… ! Let’s change that what do you say? I don’t believe you are cursed to give up on your resolution.. Dig deep and figure out why you need to stick to it then write yourself a letter promising yourself you’ll make the change you want to and remind yourself of all the reasons why. Make sure you love on yourself. Frame your letter and post it somewhere you can see it daily and be reminded of how amazing you are and why you are making the changes you committed to. 🙂 Let me know how that works

  8. These are really good tips. I was doing really well before the first of the year and then I just fell apart. Baby steps.

  9. I wholeheartedly believe you have to write down your goals. People say big, grand ideas like “I want to be healthier,” but I try to stick with smaller building blocks that I can track. I am trying to drink less Starbucks (the calories and the cost are not my friends). So if I tell myself I can only go once a week, I can very easily monitor that.

    • Great points Crystal small, realistic, actionable steps are key to success! And writing them down makes your commitment more real! I love that you are trying to cut down on Starbucks. I would add a positive spin on this by giving yourself a daily reminder of what you are gaining with the money and calories you are saving 🙂

  10. I haven’t set a new years resolution in years. Maybe I should to get me motivated again! I do set goals throughout the year though.

  11. These are great tips! I find what works for me best is to make small obtainable goals that I turn into habit before making another. For example, if I want to cut down on sugar, I first phase out soda, then cut down on dessert, etc.

    • Awesome way to make your goals a reality Michelle! I love that you are creating new habits. That is a fabulous way to change your life for the better! Best of luck phasing out the sugar. That is an admirable goal!

  12. These are such great tips – especially the grocery shopping one! I always go shopping hungry and get home and wonder why I bought such crap! Thanks for helping me break that habit!

    • Yay! Oh my I think we all are guilty of shopping on an empty stomach when we are too weak to resist temptation Jeannette! I’m happy I could help save you from yourself 😉 Let me know how it goes.

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