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Struggling with your 2018 goals? Stick with it!

By Brenda Garza

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eems to me that most of the time, people either don’t keep up with their resolutions or just fail to commit to them. Which to me actually feels like the same thing. In America, it turns out that only 41 percent make any type of New Year resolution. Sadly, nearly half fail within the first few months.

On top of the charts is the usual weight loss and/or healthier lifestyle, followed by self-improvements and making better financial decisions. Of course, you can’t omit finding love, getting a better job and learning something new among other things, like cutting down on junk food, smoking or alcohol.

Now, this is not a step-by-step article on how not to fail because truth be told, I’m with you guys! I’m personally doing the most common resolutions out there: weight-loss and getting into the habit of eating good, clean foods.

With so many fast food locations and the all too familiar “there’s no time to cook,” excuse, bad habits are hard to break. Especially, when you can smell what’s cooking in the kitchen because you parked right next to Khan’s Grill, Taco Palenque or Wing Stop. The struggle is real people! Am I right?

It turns out, for people like me, the key to not failing is staying consistent. You have to adopt new habits and know that you might crack if and when you have a slice of pizza thrown in your face while at the kiddy party at Peter Piper Pizza. Similarly, when you decide to spend $500 on a festival ticket to Coachella because it was your graduation gift to yourself. Don’t judge me!

Bad foods have become like drugs, much like music festivals have become a way to escape reality. However, with so many healthy recipes and meal prep chefs, money saving apps and life hacks, adapting to this new lifestyle change can be quick and easy if you take into consideration that it only takes 66 days to form a new habit.

Needless to say, this will take time, as everything does. You didn’t put on the weight in just a few days, so give this new lifestyle change more than just a few days. Just like you didn’t save all this money to keep it locked away. YOLO people!

However, starting something new like eating at home more often, will not only improve your lifestyle by not depleting your bank account, but will also improve your overall well-being. Eating healthier means you’ll be well on your way into your weight loss journey. Kill all them birds with one stone!

So, final thoughts. Stay true to your resolution. Do it because it means something to you. Whether you want to lose weight to get into that bikini or save that money to buy yourself a ticket to a music festival, know that you will fall.

You will spend money on something else. You will eat a brownie with a side of pizza and chocolate ice cream because you’re on an emotional rollercoaster and it makes you feel good.  

But, getting back up and continuing your journey to a better you is all that matters. Don’t give up. Take it one day at a time, because let’s be honest, there are still 341 days to go.

Here are some of my favorite tweets on how people are handling their New Year’s resolutions:

 

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