How long have you kept a New Year's resolution?

@karen1969 (1788)
June 30, 2010 5:24am CST
It is a tradition to make New Year's resolutions on January 1st every year, with vows to stop smoking, lose weight, keep fit or whatever. But most of us lose our willpower quite quickly and the resolutions are soon forgotten. So I would like to know - Have you ever kept a New Year's resolution? If so, for how long? Did you really manage to change your life this way? I did. In January 1987, at the age of 17, I made a New Year's resolution to become a vegetarian, to give up all meat, fish and animal fat. I am now 40 years old, still a vegetarian, so I have kept this resolution for over 23 years now and full intend to stay vegetarian forever. My 4 kids have been vegetarian since birth too and remain so. My eldest will be 20 soon.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
30 Jun 10
I personally believe that if you want to make a change, you shouldn't wait until New Year's do to so. So for me, my New Year's Resolutions are always to continue making the changes I've already begun.. typically that is to work towards being a better person, which is a constant, life long struggle... and this year it was to continue to lose weight and stay healthy. So far I have succeeded.
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@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
Fair enough! I need to get back on my diet too, but life is too stressful at the moment to diet.
• United States
30 Jun 10
Actually being stressed out is the perfect reason to get back on your diet. For 1, exercise is a better stress reliever than food. 2, with your body feeling better you'll handle stress better. 3, Eating junk food and not getting enough exercise makes you feel tired not to mention guilty.. leading to stress. 4, being overweight and unhealthy is putting you and your body under more stress than you realize... I could go on...
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3 Jul 10
I'm very impressed! 23 years? I can barely keep my resolutions for 23 days. I have learned, slowly, that the best resolutions are the ones that don't involve too much. Like, giving up smoking is tough at any time, but especially so during the january slump. So, the better resolution is to cut how much you smoke in half. Then do that again the year after. It might take a long time to quit, but i've known so many people who have managed stop smoking this way. Now, my resolutions are much simpler: to make sure i eat my five a day everyday (four years ago, and is now an unbreakable rule), to change careers by the end of the year. Hopefully, i can improve my life a little bit each year, and still keep my resolutions twenty odd years from now!
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
Yes, that sounds a good idea to change behaviour gradually!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
2 Jul 10
Well, in 2009 my New Year's Resolution was to lose weight. I started out with a goal and when I passed that goal I made another goal and now I've been doing that for a year and a half. So, I would say that is the longest period of time that I've ever kept a New Year's Resolution. The funny thing is I haven't decided on my final goal yet, so I will continue to keep that New Year's Resolution until I am happy with my weight.
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 Jul 10
That's great! I need to lose weight too!
@shaggin (37733)
• United States
1 Jul 10
That is awesome that you made that New Years resolution and were able to stick to it. I decided when I was 7 that I couldnt eat animals anymore so I became a vegetarian. I've been a vegetarian ever since & I will be 27 next month. That was not my new years resolution though it was just something I decided one day after eaing chicken mcnuggets for the last time at mcdonalds. I dont make new years resolutions I think you can make a vow to yourself any day to chance something about yourself that you dont like. It doesnt have to be once a year which is why I dont bother. If I dont like something about myself I try to change it immediately not just wait until the start of a new year.
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@karen1969 (1788)
1 Jul 10
I first tried being a vegetarian when I was a child in the 1970s, but it was so hard then. It was school dinners of meat and two veg, so they just scraped the meat off the plate and gave me it back!!
• Philippines
30 Jun 10
I've never kept a resolution long enough to follow through. As long as I know I've fulfilled my resolution for a certain period of time, it's enough for me to know that I can actually do it. The question is, whether I do enjoy the resolution enough to actually follow through it. I'm about to resolve saving a small amount from my salary. It's a hard resolution to follow through what with all the things I need to spend for. I imagine it's going to be a rewarding goal. I've been working for 3 years, and all bank accounts i've opened have been closed within 3 months. This time, I plan to ensure that my bank account stays open, and with money. I don't want to have to wait for New Year's to push through with this plan. I intend to do it, and hopefully have the right sense of mind to keep it up. Wish me luck!
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@karen1969 (1788)
1 Jul 10
Good Luck! That sounds a great plan!
@callmecat (248)
• United States
30 Jun 10
Oh wow! That's really amazing. The only new years resolution I was ever able to keep was to become vegetarian, too! Small world, huh haha. It was about...4 years ago that my new year's resolution was to become vegetarian and I've stuck with it ever since. This January that's coming up will be the 4th year. Wow, I haven't thought about how long it has been since I first decided to become one. It's definitely changed my life for the better, because I feel so much better about committing to this and changing my ways. I really hope to be able to keep this resolution for the rest of my life. :)
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@karen1969 (1788)
1 Jul 10
Congrats! I love being a vegetarian too and intend to stay so forever!
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Jun 10
hi karen good on you thats a real achievement. I am just semi vegetarian as I have to have protein to keep my blood glucose level at all times and most protein sources are lean chicken and fish here at gold Crest. but my resolution to lose weight has been off and on, I do have to do it and have lost 6 pounds but have 54 pounds yet to go. I can cut back on food but have no choice in what to eat as I no longer cook for my self. but exercise is my big problem as I have a bad left leg so walking is hard for me yet I need some type of exercise thatwill bring my heart rate up.
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@karen1969 (1788)
1 Jul 10
Yes, it is hard for us to exercise too. I was doing the Wii Fit Plus every day, then I pulled my back and was told not to do any exercise for a month!
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
30 Jun 10
That is excellent glad you stuck to it. I actually stopped making them because I never seemed to keep them more than a couple of weeks after the holiday. Now if I want to lose weight or whatever or work out more, I just do it doing a part of the year that works for me. There are certain parts of the year that are easier to find time to exercise and to diet. There are other times of the year that are aweful for those things because of time and social obligations. So I just go with the flow no more resolutions for me.
@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
That sounds fair enough! It can be quite hard to stick to resolutions at certain times of the year. I find it quite easy to start diets on January 1st because I always over-eat at Christmas!!
• United States
30 Jun 10
making and keeping new years resolutions have never worked for me. My daughter one year, she was 15 I think, gave up pop and she made it the whole year with out any. I don't think I would ever make vegetarian. I like my meats to well, although I have done good at turning to more turkey. My best friend has become vegetarian, but it was a religious decision. I can go the turkey, but I don't get eating meat substitues, to me, that is just temptation and I would rather not have it or have the real thing. I hope I don't offend you by that, I didn't meant to if I did.
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@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
No offence taken!! I think your daughter did well to give up pop for a year!
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
30 Jun 10
I don't make these resolutions anymore, because I was so bad at sticking to them. So since a lot of years, I have just not made any, which works for me. If I have a bad habit, I try to break it and change all through the year, and not because of New Years. I find this less stressful and I've also been more successful this way. But different things work for different people, I am sure a lot of people gain a lot from giving New Year's resolutions!
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@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
Yes, that's true, whatever works for each person is fine. We all need some kind of reason or motivation to give up something.
@ann101 (519)
• China
30 Jun 10
So great you are Karen!I don't like eat meat too much especially after having seen a TV program that a vegetarian grandma of ninty years old asked"Have you thought of the animals's angry when they have being killed?"But I am not a totally vegetarian. I have found it's hard to realize a resolution like lose weight or do exercises.So I made a resolution of saving money this year,comparing to the above it's more easier to do this.Now half of year has passed and it's on the way.
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@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
Saving money is a good one, but I find that hard to keep too. We'll save pennies or something, then we'll need some milk and the pennies will have to be used!!
@derek_a (10902)
30 Jun 10
Yes, I have kept one New Year's resolution from way back in 1979. I quit smoking and have never smoked since. It was one of the best resolutions I ever made and stuck to as I have become healthier and wealthier because of it. _Derek
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@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
That's brilliant!!!
@rosie230 (1674)
30 Jun 10
Wow.. that is an achievement. I don't actually make new year resolutions anymore, because I am useless at keeping them. When I did it was normally to lose weight. But I think the older I got, the more I realised that it was my will power to achieve what I needed to, not the thought of being a new year, so I have made several achievements through the years, not just at the beginning. I think though it would be nice if I could decide on something that I would like to do, as a new years resolution, and then stick at it, but I guess it's just finding something lol!
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@karen1969 (1788)
30 Jun 10
Oh yes, I have often resolved to lose weight too! You are right, we can change our behaviour at any time of the year.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
1 Jul 10
Honestly, I didn't keep my new year's resolution very long, and I might already forget my vow. Shame on me isn't it? I did intend to keep it, but daily works and everything. I guess that I made it without sincerity, but I will try to keep it up from now on.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
1 Jul 10
I am impressed! That is one resolution that has certainly being kept! Good on you for sticking to your resolve! I have never really been into specific New Year Resolutions except each New Year’s Day I vow that it will be a good year for me and that has been the case most although not all of the time. I usually promise myself to be a better person but I don’t resolve to do anything in particular because I know that I probably wouldn’t make it past day one!
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• United States
1 Jul 10
That's wonderful I don't keep them and is why I promise myself not to make then *****and that way I keep it. Take care Snow
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
30 Jun 10
I haven't been one for making them. Sure when I was a kid, I would try to with the rest of my family, but I never did. It was just words. Meaningless words. I'm in my mid-late twenties now and I laugh at all of them. I don't even try anymore. No reason to.
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 Jun 10
Hi Karen, I have never made any New Years Eve resolutions cos I know for sure that I would break them all again by New Years day, if I want to make a change I make a change when it feels right to do so. Well done for changing you diet to vegetarian and sticking to it all these years, my friendis a vegetarian too but she still craves for bacon when she smellsit cooking although will never eat. huggles. Ellie :D
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• United Arab Emirates
30 Jun 10
Wow...you are too good. I used to make new year resolutions. But i stopped it as i could not continue with it. Now i dont wait until new year to make any resolutions.
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• Mexico
30 Jun 10
Hello, as I always am buying a ferrari and every year is my prupose, but I always needed 4 o 5 million to buy a ferrari with 4 or 5 million. jeje