9. January 2012 14:43
You started 2012 with such good intentions.
This year it would be different. You'd get on top of your career, family, house, physical and emotional wellbeing.
But for most people, it all ends today.
Yes, today is the day that most people give up their New Year's resolutions. A mere 9 days into the year.
According to a study by allabouthealth.org, six out of ten were trying to eat more healthily or lose weight.
Ajit Malhi, of allabouthealth.org says, "While 2011 took its toll for many of us financially, it's important that people look after their emotional and physical health to make sure you can deal with the demands of today's busy lifestyles."
Setting resolutions is a great way to wipe the slate clean and start over.
However, that doesn't mean it's hard to kick out old habits. Old habits, by their very nature, die hard. And the motivations behind your resolutions will be tested.
Did you make them because someone else asked you to? Or perhaps for the sake of the children? If so, then your old habits are probably going to pack the last punch.
If you made the resolution for yourself, you're in with a fighting chance.
But then success depends on the nature of your resolution.
If you've sworn not to drink all of January, promised seven-days-a-week gym sessions or vowed to read the complete works of Shakespeare by Easter - the bets are already off!
Why do we do it to ourselves? Year-in, year-out we set ourselves up to fail.
According to allabouthealth.org, six out of ten people admit to making the same promise last year. On average, we fail at sticking to the same resolution a disappointing four times.
Surely, we've been through enough New Years to realise that the most successful resolutions have realistic goals with long timelines.
So let's break the mould this time.
Yes, it is halfway through January but don't give up yet!
Take your resolutions and break them into bite-size goals that are achievable.
Instead of banning alcohol up until February 1, give yourself a few alcohol-free days throughout the rest of the month. Stop pounding the treadmill at 6 am (as if you've got the sheer willpower to keep that up!), instead plan three weekly sessions that fit with your schedule, such as cycling or running to work.
If you're looking to cook healthily day-to-day or to lose a little weight... Try our healthy meal planner now for just £1 - it's designed to take the thinking out of looking after yourself better.
Take a more forgiving approach to your resolutions. None of us our superhuman. We're all busy and life can take over no matter how good our intentions!
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