Resolve to make good on your resolutions

new-year-resolutionsMany New Year’s resolutions that we make are focused on diet, nutrition and exercise, so we decided to take a closer look at these types of resolutions specifically, and resolutions in general.

For starters, there are certainly plenty of religious origins to the new year’s resolution including those by the Babylonians, the Romans, and during Medieval times, those by Knights who took the “Peacock Vow” to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.  According to a 2013 Harris Poll, the top 10 resolutions are:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Improve Finances
  3. Exercise
  4. Find a New Job
  5. Eat Healthier
  6. Manage Stress Better
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Improve a Relationship
  9. Stop Procrastinating
  10. Set Aside Time for Yourself

Interestingly, 45% of us make a resolution, yet only 8% of us say that we were successful and 49% report infrequent success.  And here’s a statistic that might surprise some of you – people in their twenties are nearly three-times more successful in attaining their resolution goals than people over the age of 50.

In a FranklinCovey poll of 15,000 people, the company found that 33% of those surveyed didn’t even make it to the end of January before breaking their resolution, and 40% cited the reason for failure as too many things got in the way. So, how can you best succeed in your resolutions – particularly those that are diet oriented?

  • When you eat out, share your entrée, plus you’ll save some bread in the process
  • Order a salad – this might reduce your intake of a less nutritious entrée
  • Skip dessert
  • Resolve to revamp one meal per day and make it really healthy
  • Limit your resolutions- don’t bite off more than you can chew

And, from your friends at the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, resolve to make this delicious and healthy potato salad recipe: http://eatwisconsinpotatoes.com/rbook/recipe/view/2991.

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