40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year.
The Top New Years Resolutions are about:
1. Weight loss/ exercise
2. Self improvement or education
3. Stopping to smoke
4. Better money management / debt reduction
5. Improving relationships
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%
- for the entire year: 15%
I've never been really big on making resolutions of my own. But every once in a while, I get motivated and set a goal that I know I can achieve!
Here are a few of the resolutions that I have kept:
- 2001: No soda for a year May not sound like much but I had a 4 cans a day addiction. I had planned on keeping this goal long term. I made it a little over a year and a half. Darn vanilla coke! I just had to try it.... Of course they had to quit making it now that I'm back to 3 cans a day!
- 2004: Be a vegetarian. Matt and I made this resolution together. And we did it! I learned how to cook so many new things. When I got pregnant in 2005, my doctor was worried about my protein intake so I reintroduced chicken and sausage into my diet. I still don't eat beef, but everything else is fair game!
- 2008: Run 500 miles. I barely made this goal at the end of December! I go through phases. I will run 5-6 days a week for a month and then run 10 times the next month. I really need to be more consistent.
Is it OK to have the same resolution 2 years in a row? I really want to set a running goal again, but anything over 500 discourages me! I would hate to fail...
So, for 2009 I am going to run over 500 miles!
My New Years Resolution is to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25 in Washington DC. I can do it!!! (I think....)