Wednesday , 25 April 2018

Carrie Brazeal: Have You Made New Year’s Resolutions?

blackeyed_new_yearHave you made any New Year resolutions?  If not, you still have plenty of time.  Resolutions don’t have to be made on January 1….anytime in January is fine. By definition, a resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.   Here are some fun facts about resolutions from

*Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions: 45%

*Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s resolutions: 17%

*Percent of Americans who never make New Year’s resolutions: 38%

*Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution: 8%

*Percent who have infrequent success:  49%

*Percent of never succeed and fail on their resolution each year: 24%

brazeal_carrieedited Length of resolutions:

*Resolution maintained throughout first week:  75%

*Past 2 weeks: 71%

*Past 1 month: 64%

*Past 6 months: 46%

The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2012:

  • Lose weight
  • Get organized
  • Spend less, save more
  • Enjoy life to the fullest
  • Staying fit and healthy
  • Learn something exciting
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others in their dreams
  • Fall in love
  • Spend more time with family

If your New Year’s resolution concerns losing weight, here are 10 tips from that you may find helpful:

  • Get to know the foods you eat. Use the SuperTracker found on to find out what kinds of foods and how much to eat and to get tips and support for making better food choices.
  • Take your time.  Be mindful to eat slowly, enjoy the taste and textures and pay attention to how you feel. Use hunger and fullness cues to recognize when to eat and when you’ve had enough.
  • Use a smaller plate. Use a smaller plate at meals to help with portion control. That way you can finish your entire plate and feel satisfied without overeating.
  • If you eat out, choose healthier options.  Check and compare nutrition information about the foods you are eating. Preparing food at home makes it easier to control what is in your meals.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert dish – fruit!  Serve a fresh fruit cocktail or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot dessert, bake apples and top with cinnamon.
  • Choose to eat some more or less often.  Choose more veggies, fruits, whole grains and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars and salt.
  • Find out what you need. Get your personalized plan by using the SuperTracker to identify your food group targets. Compare the foods you eat to the foods you need to eat.
  • Sip smarter. Drink water or other calorie-free beverages, 100% juice or fat-free milk when you’re thirsty.  Soda and other sweet drinks contain a lot of sugar and are high in calories.
  • Compare foods. Check out the Food-A-Pedia to look up and compare nutrition information for more than 8,000 foods.
  •   Make treats “treats,” not everyday foods. Treats are great every once in a while. Just don’t make treat foods an everyday choice. Limit sweet treats to special occasions.

Happy 2014!

Carrie T. Brazeal is the County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  She may be reached at 972.424.1460, Ext. 4233 or

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