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7 Simple Steps on Keeping Your New Year's Weight-Loss Resolution

Karen Sessions

Is It a New Year's Resolution or Just another New Year's Delusion?

The New Year is when numerous people embark on making resolutions, especially the resolution for weight loss. Sadly, most do not even follow through a week in taking the necessary steps to succeed with their new resolution.

So I ask you…Do New Year's Resolutions work or not?

Whether a New Year's weight-loss resolution is that or just a delusion is based on how you view it. If you make a weight-loss resolution in relation as a negative, then chances are you won't stick with it very long.

If you only see a weight-loss New Years resolution as:

  • Diet
  • Deprivation
  • Starvation
  • Hunger

You will most assuredly fail.

However, if you view your New Year's weight-loss resolution as a fresh start, chances are you will accomplish it and allow it to become a new lifestyle.

If your New Year's resolution is weight loss, pick out the positives such as:

  • Improved health
  • Lowered body fat
  • Increased energy
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Increased metabolism
  • Improved digestion

Now that you have your thoughts flowing in the right direction, what are the steps to take to being a New Year's weight-loss success?

Set short-term goals

To be successful at your goals, set short-term goals, such as monthly goals. For example, write down a realistic amount of weight you would like to drop in a 4 week time span.

Create a weaning list

Create a list of things you will give up for your weight-loss New Year's resolution to be a success. For example, make a list of three bad habits that are currently stalling your weight-loss endeavors, such as tapering off colas, candy, and eating out.

Create a deadline

For your New Year's weight-loss resolution to be a success, create a deadline. A deadline gives you a sense of purpose and urgency. Mark a deadline on your calendar. In addition, entering transformation challenges will help you meet your deadline.

Create a course of action

Create your action plan on how you will meet your weight-loss goal. Write out on a calendar your monthly short-term goals, the days you will weight train, and the days you will do cardiovascular. Having your week or even month planned out in advance for you to follow takes a lot of last minute guess work and decisions out of the equation to keep you on track.

Tell others

Tell your family, friends, and co-workers about your new fresh start and get their support. When others know about your goals they will usually keep you accountable for them by asking you about it and how you are doing.

Make the grade

Create an accountability sheet to score yourself each day. Your goal, ideally, is to make a perfect score daily in all areas of fitness (what and how much you eat, water intake, and exercise). Making yourself accountable every day in a written format will more than likely keep you on track better.

Reward yourself for meeting goals

When you complete a short-term goal successfully, reward yourself. A reward for your success doesn't have to be food related. Reward yourself with going shopping for new clothes for your changing body or color your hair for a new image.


A New Year's weight-loss resolution is what you make it. Put your focus into the positive and how it can actually benefit you in the long-run. When you can envision what you want the final outcome to be and the course of action it will take, you are better equipped to be a success.

Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988. She is a nationally qualified bodybuilder and holds two personal training certifications. She has written 6 ebooks on fitness and has helped hundreds of clients transform their bodies.

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