5 Tips To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

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Each year I make a goal for the year.

Some people call them New Year’s Resolutions but I call them goals. That little change in name really helps me to succeed with my goals. This year’s goal is to be healthier. That means making better food choices, drinking more water and to get moving more. I’m going to be using the tips I learned when I accomplished last year’s goals to accomplish this year’s and I’m so excited to share them with you all!

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These Five (EASY) tips can help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions too!.

1. Write it down. Decide on a goal and write it down. Place reminders of your goals on your desk, on your phone and everywhere else you look often. The reminder to stay on track is sometimes all you need to help you make better decisions.

2. Plan ahead. This is a huge reason most people don’t keep their resolutions. Life happens and either a lack of time or energy makes us revert to our old habits. I’ve started including Progresso™ Light soup as a part of my healthier lunch and dinner so I am making time on Sunday nights to buy enough soup to include with my lunches and dinners for the week. Just this little bit of planning keeps me on track because I know I have everything I need to make my goal.

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3. Don’t do it alone. Join others and create a goal club. You’ve heard of book clubs right? Start a goal club! You can meet online once a week or in person and discuss your challenges and successes! Support is key to meeting your goals. You can support yourself too if you don’t have others to join you. Set a time each week to go over the past week and think of ways to do better or celebrate your victories!

4. Write out a plan. A goal or resolution is only as good as the plan to meet it. Write out all the steps it will take to meet your goal. Start with the basics and go from there. For me, I broke it down by eating healthier (buy healthier foods, meal plan, remember to take healthier foods with me when I leave my house), move more (take short walks multiple times a day and schedule bigger workouts throughout the week and always have a bottle of water with me.

5. Make it fun. There is always a way to make meeting your goals more fun than work. For me it was always having my favorite Progresso™ Light soup on hand to make my meals more exciting. I also set rewards for smaller goals within my New Year’s resolution. When I hit 10 days straight of eating better and moving more I’ll be buying myself a couple new books I’ve been wanting to read. That totally keeps me motivated to stick with my plans to meet my goals.

Including Progresso™ Light soups in my meals is definitely helping me stick to my resolutions this new year! Try adding soup to your lunch and dinner and see how much easier it is to stick to your resolutions too! 

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I loveee lists! But I haven’t written down all of my goals for this year. 🙁 My main goal is to regain balance in my life. There is a LOT going on!

  • i never do New Years resolution, honestly don’t get the New Years hype, but I love your tips, for me I go with my intuition. I’m 28yrs old and accomplished a lot compared to others my age thankful.

  • it is very helpful to have a partner in crime. As many other people are right now I’m trying to lose some weight and it’s nice that I can talk to my friend about it and bounce off ideas off each other.

  • Planning ahead is so important when you’re trying to reach a goal. If you don’t have back up plans you can get really off course.

  • These are all really good ideas for keeping our resolutions. I didn’t make any because I think I set myself up to fail. Writing stuff down, tracking progress and getting support helps.

  • Progresso soups is one of the safe foods I am able to eat do to having gastroparesis. I stock up on the soups and it’s easier for me to keep to my goals with the soups because my stomach holds all I eat. This year I wrote a blog post about the top 25 goals to achieve for 2015 and so far I’m right on track. Weight loss is some where on the list but it’s not the only goal and your right changing the word from resolutions to goals is much easier to take on and tackle.

  • These are great tips. I am always trying to plan ahead but it’s hard to sometimes.

  • Making it fun makes it go so much further. I am trying to find a way to mix up my typical exercise routine and make it more fun. I have a lot of ideas for it.

  • I think lists and planning ahead are two of my big strengths when it comes to staying on task. My husband is the king of planning ahead. These are great tips!

  • All very good tips! I find writing it down for me is the best way to go. Also getting people around you involved is fun and keeps everyone motivated. I started the 52 week money challenge with my sister and a few other people!

  • These are great tips! I have a bad habit of making resolutions and not keeping them. I am going to try and follow these tips this year.

  • Great tips! I think writing down really helps in keeping the commitment towards resolutions and I do agree, every year we should set ourselves goals and make the journey towards it interesting 🙂

  • You have given a great list. Write down about planning is my passion. I love the idea of 3 and 5 as well. I agree with you that doing it with a team would force us to do it perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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