This is my year!

I am going to lose weight, go to the gym 5 times a week, stay away from sodas & sweets, and learn to deal with stress in a more positive way (read: a way that doesn’t involve breaking something). Bring on 2015!Fast forward to the end of January…. Can I take your order, sir? Yes, I would like a ½ dozen of doughnuts and a Venti…whatever has lots of whipped cream. SIGH.

Bad News: It’s obvious, so we will spare you all the blah, blah, blah. Good News: You’re not alone (so, at least there’s comfort in numbers). Yep, we’ve all been down resolution alley–if not this year, last year or the year before. In fact, did you know according to the folks over Statistic Brain, only 8% of people are successful in achieving New Years resolutions. 8%! And even more shocking, most resolutions only last to the end of January. So, um, like, 92% of us are off the wagon by February? Eck! But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are 3 things you can do to stay on track & improve your wellness for 2015:

1. Know Where You Stand. If your goal is to Exercise more, improve diet & nutrition or stop smoking, an Annual Wellness Exam is a great place to start. These exams evaluate your wellness changes year to year, giving you the data needed to help you see what goals you should actually be concentrating on for better health. Once you and your doctor know your results you can begin tracking your progress toward wellness. Knowing what to track will allow you to recognize and celebrate milestones along the way, which will keep you motivated and going strong toward your goal.

2. Avoid Fad Gimmicks. The #1 New Year’s resolution heard around the country year after year is “weight loss”. This resolution has been coupled with celebrity weight loss gadgets, hot personal trainers (snuck that one in for the ladies, thank us in the comments below), and any other fast & furious frills & thrills that will keep one interested in weight loss. Don’t fall for the HYPE. Losing weight quickly with fancy fad gadgets and celebrity “get skinny in 24-hours” diets are tempting but, eventually, you will crash & burn. We’ve all been there, so this is not a “holier than thou” lecture. Losing and maintaining a healthy weight requires a lifestyle change. There are lots of safe and effective methods of losing weight–from learning the causes of your weight gain through nutritional counseling to safe diet plans that are monitored by certified healthcare professional. Don’t start out with drastic changes; you’ll likely sink fast with a pace that is too much for you to digest.

3. Replace Negativity with Positivity. Easier said than done, I know. Why is this so important? Negativity drains you of energy–energy you need to exercise, to be productive at work, and to get more out of life. The fact is positivity improves your health and you should practice techniques to keep you thinking positive.

So, maybe, like most of us, you are in the 92% that fall off the wagon in January. If that’s the case, don’t beat yourself up. Go to your positive place (hopefully you checked out the techniques from the positivity article linked above). Remember to celebrate each small success. And if a setback arises—like free birthday cake in the office—use your setbacks as determination to work harder on your goals and keep pushing.