What would it take to make our resolutions stick? Every year, the majority of us — stemming from the most noble of intentions, or the most nauseating of eggnog overindulgence — declare our desire to start anew and totally revise our lives. What does it take to make us happy? The inner promise we make ourselves...the resolutions have the best of intentions, don't they? Well as my father always said "the road to hell was paved with good intentions".
The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar.
With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.
Okay with the history of resolutions out there, Here it is the number one resolution: Enjoy life more! You guessed it number two is lose weight. But, to make your commitment you must have a plan, have the right mind set, know each day is a new day. The most important mind set to have is this is not a diet, it's a journey!
Accountability is the secret to sticking to resolutions. That's why groups like Weight Watchers are effective. There are many ways to hold yourself accountable and we have support here and additional support on our facebook page. If you're going to resolve to start exercising (one of the most popular resolutions), don't resolve to go to the gym for an hour every day before work. Start by going for a 10-minute walk at lunch or marching in place once a day during the commercial breaks in your favorite TV show. Little accomplishments provide energy for bigger challenges. The humble resolution you actually follow is more helpful than the ambitious resolution you abandon.