Christmas is over, New Year’s Eve is done, and all that remains is a cute little paunch that tells us we did the festive season right… and the vague memory of some new year’s resolutions uttered in the early hours of 2017.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already well into breaking whatever it was you told your friends you were going to achieve this year and are reaching for the second bag of corn chips, because #newyearnewyou.
But according to reality TV star and fitness guru Sam Wood, achieving your resolutions, staying on track and making it through the year is actually easier than we’ve previously been led to believe.
Rather than giving up in the early weeks of January like 92 per cent of Australians currently do, Wood says these eight formulaic steps should help you get what you want out of 2017.
Don't start too early.
While most of us think resolutions should kick off on the first day of a new year, Wood says this can be one of the biggest mistakes people make, and one of the key reasons so many people fail in achieving their goals.
"There's no issue with the concept of resolutions. I just don't think people do it right," Wood says.
Rather than starting on a day you're likely to fail on, Wood says set a start date that you're really ready for and that allows you to settle back into your regular routine. "It's much harder to start again than it is to do it right the first time," he explains.