Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - New Year's Resolutions

It's that time of year again when many of us are thinking about our goals for the coming year.  Do you want to eat healthier?  Run more?  Run faster?  Put more money into savings?  Here are some tidbits on resolutions and tips to help set obtainable goals.

Almost 50% of American adults make some sort of New Year's resolution, most of which are about weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking.

The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes on:
- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month: 64%
- after 6 months: 46%

While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.

For greater probability of success, a resolution needs to be specific, measurable, and have a solid deadline.  In addition focus on a couple goals, not 20.

Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.   Mark Twain

tidbits from WebMD, Runner's World and Women's Health

What's your goal for 2012?

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  1. I can't wait 'til the resolutioners vacate the gym--usually all back to normal after 6 weeks!
    I laid the groundwork for my main goal back in November. I started doing things at my first opportunity rather than procrastinating. It is very liberating to say the least.

  2. I am gunning to get more sleep... 'A' goal bedtime: 10 pm, 'B' goal: 11 pm.

  3. OK, I will come up with some of my own goals (mostly participation goals), but I also am going to take a page from the ladies ahead of me.

  4. My biggest goals are to A. Run my heart out at Boston and train so hard all the way up to there. B. Eat lots of good food so that I'm healthy for running. C. AFter the marathon, I'm going to lay around a lot. :)

  5. As you know, my goal (no resolutions!) is to better balance my life. Should be easier with more telework days!

  6. I have a whole list of new goals this year...maybe it's too much, but it's nice to actually put them down on paper.

  7. I'm working on my 2012 goals right now! I'm doing the 12 Half Marathons in 2012 so that's a pretty big goal of mine right now.

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