December 29, 2011

Don't just make - keep your New Year's resolutions this year with advice from Susan Wright and a contest from Special K!

It's that time of year agin when I start thinking about the dreaded term - "New Year's Resolutions" - so easy to make, so hard to keep! Is it any wonder that out of the 70% of Canadians (including me) who make them, 55% of those people (including me) fail to keep them!

Lack of discipline, lack of motivation and lack of willpower are all reasons not to follow through but wouldn't it be great if this year could be different?!

According to Toronto Life Coach and Special K Ambassador, Susan Wright (www.wrightmomentum.com) this can be your year to finally reach your goals - all it's going to take to be successful is focus, manageable steps and setting specific, realistic, measurable and achievable goals.

I know for myself, every year I resolve to lose weight and exercise more and it would seem from Susan's advice, that the reason I fail every year is I'm not being specific enough. I would be better off resolving to lose a pound every week in January and to go to the gym 3 times a week - that goal is very achievable, not overwhelming and realistic for a coach potato such as myself. You of course should make whatever resolutions make sense for you but you get the idea, be specific, don't overwhelm yourself and make it easy to track what you are doing. It's also smart to set a time period - at the end of January I can assess how I've done and continue on for February or make new goals.

Susan also recommends using a buddy system - it's a lot easier to stay on track when you have someone to talk to and be accountable to, especially someone who is going through the same process as you! Also, listen and understand what your body is telling you - it will clue you in on things like hunger and energy levels if we bother to pay attention to it!

Susan said something very smart at the end of our discussion which I had never really thought of before - that a positive side effect to meeting your goals is increased confidence and of course confidence spills over to every aspect of your life so it's something very much worth pursuing!
To help you in your quest for better health you can also check out the Special K website at www.specialk.ca where you will find a bunch of tools to help you set and meet your goals including recipes, meal plans, helpful articles and tips as well as an offer for a free yoga mat!

And knowing that having the tools to begin the journey make life so much easier, they have been kind enough to offer up a basket full of products to one of our wonderful Beauty Crazed readers to help you on your way including a wealth of Special K products, a yoga mat and bag, a wellness journal, water bottle, fitness towel, wrist band and heart rate monitor watch – perfect to help jumpstart the year! Sound like something that might help you out and that you want to win? - then read on...

This contest is open to all our Canadian readers and it's very easy to enter, just leave a comment letting us know that you follow (if you aren't a follower you can sign up through Google or Facebook - signups are in the right sidebar)

1 entry for following and leaving a comment answering the question - Are you a New Year's Resolution maker? We'd also love it if you would share yours with us! Please also leave your e-mail so we can find you if you win!

And for extra entries you can do one or both of the following:
1 entry for following @Beautycrazedcan on Twitter and tweeting the contest

1 entry for visiting the Special K website at www.specialk.ca - taking the Food Personality Quiz and sharing the results

If you prefer not to leave your info on a public post, please leave a post saying you want to enter and then e-mail your info to info@beautycrazed.ca, please put "Special K Contest" in the subject line.  Remember to leave a post or you name won't actually end up in the draw! Winner to be decided by random drawing and you have until January 13th to enter. Good Luck!


- Lisamarie -

46 comments:

  1. I follow via GFC as Glogirl.
    I seem to make the same resolution year after year-to try and exercise every day. I haven't fulfilled that resolution yet!!

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. I follow you on Twitter @glogirl3 and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/152488699752488961

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  3. I took the food personality quiz and I'm a "Busy Bee".

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  4. Gfc follower

    I don't make new years resolutions because I'm worried I won't keep it lol

    Marlibupatgmaildotcom

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  5. I follow you via GFC. I don't make new years resolutions. I concentrate always on eating and living a healthy life....not just Jan 1st

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  6. I follow you on twitter and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/Carolineinbc/status/152560195799756800

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  7. I took the quiz and I am a busy bee

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  8. I follow you on GFC. I am a NY resolution maker, although I try to stick with something manageable that I can actually do. This year I'm going to try and read more.

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  9. I like you on fb

    Anne Taylor

    I usually don't make NYear's resolutions but this year I will resolve to continue on my journey to wellness. I've already lost 59.5lbs, so I'm well on my way but it gets difficult at times.

    ty

    nancyrobster at gmai dot com

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  10. I follow your blog via GFC, Diane Kleiman, email, kleimanlaw at aol dot com, facebook, kleimanlaw, twitter, @DianeLori, and Networked Blogs.

    I generally don't make New Year's resolutions because I find for me, doing that automatically sets me up for failure. However, this year, I decided to do it. My New Year's Resolution is to get all the negativity out of my life, all the toxic people, all the people who add nothing to my life and would never go out of their way for me and only seek to drag me down and feel bad about myself and my life. I plan to seek out the company of those who make me laugh, don't spend hours complaining and spend a lot more time with my family and friends that bring pure joy and happiness into my life.

    I follow @Beautycrazedcan on Twitter and tweeted this contest on my twitter page, @DianeLori, and the link is as follows:

    https://twitter.com/#!/DianeLori/status/152694496713375744

    I visited the Special K website at www.specialk.ca - taking the Food Personality Quiz and the results were " I was a BUSY BEE".

    Thank you for another terrific giveaway. Good Luck to all and Happy New Year.

    Dlori
    kleimanlaw at aol dot com

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  11. GFC follower gibberish
    I don't tend to make NEw Years Resolutions.

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  12. According to the quiz, I am an Adventurer.
    I also forgot my email in the comment above - I need to wake up here!

    jlgibbings at hotmail dot com

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  13. i'm not normally a resolution-maker...

    FB follower (Poignant Tuna)
    Quiz - Busy Bee

    plur268 at yahoo dot com

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  14. I am not a new years resolution maker

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I took the quiz and I am a busy bee


    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I follow on twitter as Prairiebelle and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/Prairiebelle/status/152767881367666689

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. http://twitter.com/#!/clerk79/status/152770766469988352

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  18. It seems I am a busy bee according to the quiz.

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  19. GFC: Tina Lee

    I usually make new year resolutions, however, I won't be making them this year, because I've been making them throughout the year.

    +1 following @Beautycrazedcan
    +1 visited Special K. Food personality: adventurer

    email: leetna007@gmail.com

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  20. gfc jillojello
    Yes I am...my resolution is to be more active, not just physically, but mentally and socially.

    I follow on twitter @jillojello
    I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/jillojello/status/152803714502098945

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  21. I'm a follower...my new years resolution is to not sweat the small stuff, and practice more gratefulness. :-). Thanks! tracyddixon@hotmail.com

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  22. Apparently I'm a Sweetheart! Lol. tracyddixon@hotmail.com

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  23. MOI, resolutions? Yes, I stick to them. Just reduce portions of 2 things per year. Lost 25 pounds in 3 years and I hardly suffered... only at first - mentally that is. Now, it's fat content reduction! I will make it.
    sugarandsalt (at) hotmail (dot) ca

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  24. I follow with gfc

    I dont usually make new years resoultions,but I think this year I will..to get more active and eat healthier..not saying that I am going to keep it..lol..but I am gonna try!

    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  25. I follow @beautycrazedcan on twitter & tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/ksceviour/status/152941727404142592

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  26. I took the food personality quiz and I got the "Busy Bee"..lol

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  27. According to Special K I'm an ADVENTURER - I like that!
    sugarandsalt (at) hotmail (dot) ca

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  28. Happy New Year!
    I don't make Resolutions, because I think most are just made to be broken! I know..BORING, right? lol.
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  29. I forgot to say I am following with GFC (Rebby) AND I am following on twitter and tweeted the contest!
    https://twitter.com/#!/RebTheCatSitter/status/153669619532578816
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  30. I took the Food Personality Quiz and apparently I am a Sweetheart! lol :)
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  32. I'm a GFC follower!
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com
    Yes- I'm definitely a planner (keeping my plans are a whole other subject!)
    One of my resolutions is to enjoy the simple moments of life.
    Following you on twitter @Alliegal101 and tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/Alliegal101/status/153987849912463362
    My results are that I am an Architect

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  33. Hi ladies!

    1. I'm a GFC follower via Twitter (name is Lauren Jacobs).
    2. I don't make resolutions. I hate setting myself up for failure. My email address is lauren(at)laurenrjacobs(dot)com.
    3. Following you on Twitter (@laurenrjacobs) and tweeted the contest: https://twitter.com/#!/laurenrjacobs/status/154043706897481728
    4. My Food Personality Quiz result is that I am an Adventurer.

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  34. i always make resolutions but i have yet to follow through ):

    and the quiz says im a "busy bee"

    email:anniewei2000@hotmail.com

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  35. TWEET
    https://twitter.com/#!/Adriana1954/status/154394761812385792
    sugarandsalt (at) hotmail (dot) ca

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  36. I follow you with gfc (flower_child_23)
    I sometimes make resolutions and it it usually the same, spend less money and get debt free
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. I follow you on twitter (@flower_child_23) and tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/flower_child_23/status/154602025169068032
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. I took the quiz and i got the adventurer
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. My resolution is to just make more time for myself, and to not get so stressed out!

    GFC: OPI Addict
    opiaddict@hotmail.ca
    I Follow you on twitter @opiaddict and tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/opiaddict/status/154656510625054720

    I took the quiz and I got the Architect!

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy new years :)

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  40. I don't make NY's resolutions; prefer to make daily resolutions that I can actually keep! I have never been big on NY's resolutions, think if we really wanted to do something, we'd find ways to do it on a daily basis. No one needs to wait until a new year starts to enact positive changes to their life.

    Took the Special K Food Personality Quiz & I'm an Adventurer.

    I follow on GFC & Google Reader: The Photography Elf. Follow on Twitter (@OneLuckyElf) & liked on FB (https://www.facebook.com/thephotographyelf)

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/OneLuckyElf/status/154673155624022018

    hainam AT shaw DOT ca

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  41. GFC: Victoria

    I don't make any new year's resolution for fear of failing to actually achieve it. So I only tend to make resolutions that can be achieved without much effort such as staying happy :D

    x.vickiiiie@gmail.com

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  42. I'm a follower.
    I usually make New Year's resolutions, but they never seem to work. Over and over, its been to lose weight.
    taravergeldedios(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I'm a follower. I don't make New Year's Resolutions, because I'm less likely to follow them if I make it as a spcific goal like that... I like more open ended goals!

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  44. I'm a follower via GFC. I usually make New Year's resolutions, and every year I strive to be healthier.
    This year, I want to become a runner.

    transatlanticlove@gmail.com

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  45. I also follow Beauty Crazed in Canada on Twitter :)

    transatlanticlove@gmail.com

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  46. I follow on GFC and I do not make NY resolutions. In fact, I even wrote an entire speech in high school one year about how I don't believe in them!

    xo, alison*elle

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