Staying With Your New Year's Resolution

By KBJR News 1

December 28, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For some, the new year is a time to start over, which usually means making New Year's resolutions.

Making them is the easy part.

Sticking to them, well – that's a different story.

"I don't want to text or be on my phone when I drive anymore, that's my new year's resolution," said Tiffany Stoltz.

But whether we choose to follow through, that's hit or miss.

"The biggest problem most people have is they get a new year's resolution, they go out and they beat themselves up for three days and they are so stiff and sore they quit," said Dr. James Donovan of St. Luke's.

Research shows more than 100 million Americans resolve to change their behavior every January, but only a third of them succeed.

Experts say the biggest mistake people make when committing to a new year's resolution is going strong for a few days, getting burnt out and then quitting.

However, there is a better way to keep yourself on track.

"One of my favorite quotes is everything in moderation, including moderation," said Donovan.

Experts say easing yourself into a new habit or routine, is the best way to achieve a long term goal.

"Making those little small goals in the scheme of a larger goal, is a good way to do it. And when you write it down, put it somewhere you look every day, like the mirror in the bathroom, so then you can check off your successes and monitor your progress," said Donovan.

No matter what your goal for the new year...think about what you can do now, to achieve your goals and make them last all year.

For those of you attempting to be healthier next year, cutting out alcohol or soda alone will save you 10 unwanted pounds per year.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.