17 Ways To Stick To Your Healthy Resolutions All Year Long – BuzzFeed News


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Let’s turn your resolutions into lasting lifestyle
changes.

Many of us set out to make positive changes to
our eating and exercise habits at the start of
the year, but it can be hard to stay motivated
as the excitement around the new year dies
down.

So we
asked the BuzzFeed
Community to share their best tips for
sticking to healthy resolutions year-round.
Here’s what they said.

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2. Make
small, healthy swaps in order to build habits.

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“Tiny steps. What’s helped me is just
understanding that progress is eating a few
pieces of candy instead of whole bags, or
spending an extra five minutes walking my pup.”
—Stephaniebc3

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3. Make
motivation unavoidable.

Make motivation unavoidable.

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“I keep a Post-It on my mirror so that every
morning I am reminded of my goals and my ‘why.’
It helps me re-affirm what I’m doing every day
so the newness of the journey doesn’t wear off.
It’s easier to work towards my goals knowing
that every day is ‘day one’ of the journey!”
—Jennis40210a702

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4. Set
out to learn one new skill or hobby.

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“Instead of just going to a gym, I chose a new
hobby: MMA-style self defense. I have a trainer
to keep me accountable and a great group of new
friends who will heckle me if I miss a day.
Mostly, I keep with it because I love it. Pick
a sport or activity that you really enjoy and
in no time at all you will find working out has
become a part of your routine that you look
forward to.” —Annabelle86

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5.
Leverage your existing relationships.

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“Try to start a healthy eating plan with
someone you care about. That way when you feel
tempted to cheat you won’t because it would
feel like betraying that person. Your
friendship/love is stronger than any cravings
you might have!” —Marylima93

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6. Track
your progress in a
bullet journal.

“I keep a habit tracker so I can visually see a
chart of all of the things I’m doing (and not
doing). I’ve also been using my Fitbit to log my
exercise and daily step count, which I then log
in my bullet journal. I could not recommend
bullet journaling enough. Stick with it, and it
can change you’re entire mindset and attitude.”
—Catevf

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7. Help
someone else reach their goals in order to
stick to your own.

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“I became a fitness coach with Beachbody so
that I wasn’t just a participant; I was
responsible for helping others stay accountable
too. Running challenges and working towards
fitness class teaching certifications keeps me
motivated to keep pushing towards my goals!”
—Cassiem46be4fe6c

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8.
Embrace setbacks as a necessary part of the
process.

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“Remember that setbacks — whether that be
missing a workout or not seeing the results you
want even though you’ve been doing all the
right things religiously — are part of the
process. A single moment can neither define nor
undo a journey.” —Erenah

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9.
Channel your political energy into exercise
ammunition.

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“I like to turn on the news during my workout
because it enrages me so greatly that I go high
intensity just to alleviate my anger. I started
working out during my lunch break on November
9, 2016 and have worked out every weekday
during lunch since. Who needs pre-workout when
you could just read the New York Times?”
—Emagee

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10.
Document your positive changes.

Document your positive changes.

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“I write down what I eat, and take a picture of
myself everyday. Being able to see and track my
results keeps me motivated and excited for my
fitness journey.” —Jessferg1011

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11.
Recognize that there’s power in numbers.

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“I attend fitness classes at my gym. I’ve
realized that I don’t push myself as hard when
I’m working out at the gym by myself but
fitness classes give me an opportunity to try
to keep up with others while also finding
people in the class that motivate me to push
harder and to not give up.” —Gina1912

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12. Fill
your rest days with inspiration.

“If for whatever reason I can’t get to the gym, I
try to do SOMETHING to make sure that I’m excited
about getting back on a bench tomorrow. I might
watch some YouTube videos of a new lift I want to
learn, look for new supplements to try, find some
new workout gear on Amazon, or look for new
healthy recipes. Sometimes if none of that is
doing it for me, I’ll just look at pictures of
people that I want to look like.” —Crystal
Wynne

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13. If
you’re able to, invest in an “athleisure”
wardrobe.


Buying exercise clothes and actually
wearing them around. You are more
likely to workout since it makes you
feel weird to take off clean workout
clothes. —Shepard
Saulsberry


Buying exercise clothes and actually
wearing them around. You are more
likely to workout since it makes you
feel weird to take off clean workout
clothes. —Shepard
Saulsberry

Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

“Buying exercise clothes and actually wearing
them around. You are more likely to workout since
it makes you feel weird to take off clean workout
clothes.” —Shepard
Saulsberry

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14. Start
with one day a week and build up from there.

“Instead of eating those bacon, egg & cheese
breakfast sandwiches every day, I suggested that
my husband eat oatmeal just one day a week. That
was his first step. After a couple of weeks, he
decided on his own to eat oatmeal twice a week.
He liked how it made him feel, so he started
making one small healthy change every two weeks.
It snowballed to the point where he eats mostly
healthy now, has lost weight, and feels better.”
—Annie
Jones

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15. Do
whatever you can even if you can’t always do
The Most.

Do whatever you can even if you can't always do The Most.

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“I have a disability and chronic pain, and take
a lot of life saving medications that make me
gain and retain weight. Compounding this
problem, and like many others with
disabilities, exercising and preparing healthy
food can use more energy than I have. When I’m
able, I’ve been focusing on eating vegetable
based, filling meals because I know my body
feels better if I do. I also signed up for a
community aquaerobics class to get my body
moving this winter, in a low impact and safe
environment.” —Kayjaylg

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16. Set out
to prove your skeptics wrong.


I’ve been able to stick to Whole30
just through the motivation of people
telling me that I’m crazy and trying
to get me to break. It’s a matter of
showing myself and others that I am
both mentally and physically strong.
—Ellennbctz


I’ve been able to stick to Whole30
just through the motivation of people
telling me that I’m crazy and trying
to get me to break. It’s a matter of
showing myself and others that I am
both mentally and physically strong.
—Ellennbctz

“I’ve been able to stick to Whole30 just through
the motivation of people telling me that I’m
crazy and trying to get me to break. It’s a
matter of showing myself and others that I am
both mentally and physically strong.” —Ellennbctz

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17. Try
to think of your workouts the reward, not the
punishment.

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“I changed my mindset. It was no longer about
getting down to certain number on the scale for
me. It became about how good I feel during and
after my workouts. When stressful things happen
to me, I turn to workouts to clear my head,
because for that two hours or whatever, I’m not
focused on what’s going on in my life. I’m
instead focused on getting through the workout.
This has also helped me kick my emotional
eating habit since I rely on the gym now
instead of food when I’m stressed or upset.”
—Baileys4209b11d5

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and/or clarity.

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