Every year people make them, and then break them. The ritual of breaking them has almost become as traditional as the ritual of making them – New Year’s resolutions.
The Panhandle Public Health District says most people give up on their resolutions by January 12 each year, whether the resolution focuses on eating better, exercising more, quitting smoking, or any number of other popular resolutions. Jessica Davies with PPHD says the first step to being successful is specificity.
“a lot of times people throw it out there, I wanna get more active, I wanna eat better, but they never actually make a plan for it, so what we really encourage if you are setting a New Year’s resolution, be specific.
Davies says many failures are due to people being unrealistic with their goals, something she calls “the Biggest Loser mentality.”