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The Jay Leno Show, Episode 42. Jay Leno with "Biggest Loser" castoff Shay Sorrells on
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How to Fulfill Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 11, 2011 03:00 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Getting paid to lose weight? It’s a reality for one woman. But how can the rest of us get motivated to stick with our New Year’s resolutions?

Slimming Down Earns a Fatter Wallet

For Shay Sorrells, a Season 8 contestant of the hit NBC show “The Biggest Loser,” getting motivated to continue losing weight is as easy as $1,000 per pound. Although Sorrells didn’t win the weight-loss competition on the show, viewers—and one of the show’s sponsors, Subway—were captivated by her story. 

Sorrells came on the show weighing 476 pounds and lost 170 pounds by the finale. Still, she was determined to lose 100 more pounds. Then trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper announced that Subway would pay Sorrells $1,000 for every pound she loses before the end of the Season 9 show in May of last year.

“It was mind-blowing enough to hear Bob say that my story inspired millions,” Sorrells told the Los Angeles Times. “As a social worker, that’s my goal. And then I heard him say ‘$1,000 a pound.’ And I thought, ‘Did I hear that right?’”

Top 9 Tips for Fulfilling Your New Year’s Resolutions

In addition to the satisfaction of losing weight, Sorrells will have the added motivation of getting paid to drop those pounds. But what about the rest of us? How can we all stay on track and overcome the inevitable stumbles? Here are nine tips to help you stay on track:

1. Make your resolution an integral part of your life. If your resolution is to lose weight or get fit, make going to the gym as important as going to your job each day. Chasing your goals cannot be something you do only when the rest of your life allows.

2. Be realistic. If you set your goals too high, you are setting yourself up for failure. Set reasonable goals that you know you can achieve, but still require a bit of hard work and determination.

3. Set short-term goals along the way. The path to success may be easier if you segment it into smaller, short-term goals. If you want to save $6,000 over the course of the year, commit to saving $500 per month.

4. Have a detailed plan. Just saying that you want to do something doesn’t mean it will happen. Lay the groundwork for success by detailing exactly how you will reach your goals. Will you join a gym and go three times a week? Will you have money directly deposited into your savings account each paycheck? Will you cut your smoking by a pack per month for five months? The process of planning the details will help you identify obstacles ahead of time.

5. Reward yourself. When you reach a short-term or long-term goal, allow yourself a little indulgence. But make sure your reward is not counterintuitive to your end goal. If you are trying to save money, don’t blow your savings on the reward. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t buy yourself an ice cream cake to celebrate. Opt for something you want that helps you with your goals. For example, buy a pair of new running shoes if your goal is to run the marathon. Setting the reward ahead of time may give you incentive along your path to success.

6. Ask for support. Share your resolution with your friends and family, and let them know that you need their support. Having people around you that encourage you and keep you from slipping up may make all the difference.

7. Find a resolution buddy. Find a friend that has the same resolution as you so you have someone to lean on and share tips with. Having a buddy that shares the same goals and obstacles may provide a nice support system, as well as a means of kicking you back into gear when you need it most.

8. Visualize success. Picture yourself on the treadmill, running at 7 mph and not even breaking a sweat! Picture yourself buying that new home! Visualization can be a very powerful tool. Some experts suggest that the process of seeing yourself successfully achieving your goals can actually get you there faster.

9. Don’t let yourself feel defeated. Whether this is your first, third or 10th attempt at achieving this year’s resolution, don’t let yourself get down. It is natural for us to stumble along the way when working toward a goal. Just pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and tell yourself that this time you’re going to do it (because you’ve done Tips 1 through 8 this time!).

Reference: New Year’s resolutions

Get even more help with making New Year’s resolutions you can stick to with findingDulcinea’s New Year’s Resolutions Web guide.

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