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Making YOUR New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

We’re not huge fans of "New Year’s Resolutions."

Our thought is that if you have a goal … start working on it NOW.  Don’t want until tomorrow, the next week, or January 1.

Did you know that 88% of people fail to keep their New Years Resolutions? 

That’s a crazy number.  But we know you’re different than the majority. 

So let’s work on achieving together. 

Share your goals.  One thing we know that helps people achieve your goals is to share them.

Be accountable. 

And the more people you’re accountable to, the more successful you will be.  Guaranteed. 

So we need your comments.  Share what you’re working on, will continue to work on, and will achieve in 2011. 

The more comments, the better.  We will all hold each other accountable.  Leave a comment below.

95 Responses to Making YOUR New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

  1. Mike December 13, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    Healthy meals that take less than 30 minutes to make.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 7:39 am #

      There’s this woman you may have heard of … her name is Rachel Ray … occasionally you’ll see her TV. :-) Clean Eating Mag and Eating Well Mags both often have sections on fast meals like you want to prepare.

      • Mike December 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

        Awesome!

        Have you and Kara ever thought of putting one together and selling it?

        Cheers!
        Mike

        • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

          Hmm, we hadn’t … we’d have to make it different, like 29 minute meals. :-)

        • Mike December 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

          “21 in 21″ Twenty one easy meals to prepare in 21 minutes to cook /prepare for those always on the go -finally a simple solution to a big problem… by the worlds best nutrition and weight loss experts Dr.s Chris and Kara Mohr -get Mohr out of your 21 twenty one minutes than waiting hours for a gourmet cooked meal -:)

          Cheers!

          • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

            Now you’ve got the wheels turning … hmmmm.

  2. Jennifer December 13, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    In 2011 I am continuing to turn fat into muscle. I am going to get to whereever it is that I am supposed to be this year so that I can then maintain! So far I have lost 56 pounds, 39″ and have dropped my % of body fat from 51% to 32.6% (measured with calipers). 2011 is going to be awesome!!!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 7:39 am #

      Congrats on your success!! Just a little correction — fat doesn’t actually turn into muscle, but you lose fat and build muscle!! Keep up the incredible work!

      • Jennifer December 13, 2010 at 7:48 am #

        Sorry Chris, I know that I just typed it wrong!

  3. Julie Craig December 13, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    I’m going to lose that baby weight and hit the pavement! My goal is to get back to where I was, weight and fitness-wise, last February before getting pregnant and start training to run my first full marathon this fall. Oh, and whine and annoy my husband into agreeing to early morning baby duty so I can come back to boot camp, of course :)

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:11 am #

      You surely know how to do it — setting your mind to achieve the goal is the key. And you certainly know where to find us as well. :-)

  4. Beth December 13, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    2011 is my 25th anniversary and my husband and I are going on an amazing trip together (not sure where yet, but it will involve the beach and bathing suits!) I want to look incredible and be the best I can be at 43. I want to lose 15 lbs. of fat, gain muscle, and feel like a million bucks! Looking forward to it!!! — and so is my husband! :-)

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:13 am #

      Congratulations — that sounds like a blast, particularly as I’m looking outside and see snow covering the grass! Rather than “wanting to” lose 15 lbs…you WILL lose 15 lbs and gain muscle! :-)

  5. Nicole December 13, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    My goal for 2011 is to break 2 hours in the Louisville spring half marathon. I had a PR at Indy fall half and I need to shave off a little over 9 minutes to make my goal. I think I can!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:14 am #

      That’s fantastic — write it, visualize it, and keep working to achieve it! Great job on the PR

  6. Angie Schneider December 13, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    To get my body weight, bmi, hormones and blood sugars all on the right page :) Here’s to a healthier world!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:14 am #

      And each of those go hand in hand — keep up the great work!

  7. Kelly Hall December 13, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    My goal is to continue to exercise at least 3 days a week (hopefully at bootcamp!) – no excuses!!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am #

      We’re excited to continue working with you!!!

  8. Suzanne December 13, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    I will continue with boot camp for all of 2011, with a specific goal of reducing body fat % further.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am #

      Reset all those goals you set for the transformation contest since you blew through each of them!

  9. Weldon December 13, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    My expectations for myself in 2011:
    Deadlift 500 lbs
    Squat 400 lbs
    Run a 5k in 20:30 (I ran my very 1st 5k last year in 21:46 while never running more than 1.5mi in training; I mostly trained using intervals and hill sprints).

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:16 am #

      Love it — set specific deadlines that you’ll hit each of those goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them … and you’ll blow threw them without a problem!

  10. Tracy December 13, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    I have just recently started eating small amounts of food throughout the day. I am not hungry anymore and I feel sooooo much better. I decided that I would “try” and eat this way after hearing so much about it. The main problem that I have is I’m not hungry in the mornings. I have started to eat a small apple in the mornings. Trouble is, I don’t start eating until after my exercise. I have been doing 45 minutes on my treadmill every morning and I just don’t like to eat before I exercise. I am hearing that I should. I guess that’s something I’ll have to really work on. I want to be as healthy as possible. Thank you for all of your tips and articles. They are really helpful. Keep up the good work and have a great Christmas and New Years.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:17 am #

      Thanks, Tracy … and thanks for posting.

      Try the apple before your morning workout to get some fuel in your body. Little changes like you’re making will pay off BIG TIME in the end!

  11. scott December 13, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    To continue to make running and eating well a regular part of my life.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:18 am #

      And set a “scary” goal too — something that will really make you stretch yourself even further. Keep up the healthy lifestyle and thanks for contributing.

  12. sean December 13, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    almost a year ago I gave up adult beverages, for more than one reason. Since then I have lost 25lbs, and I am currently around 15% body fat. Workouts have improved tremendously since then. I will continue to work on the "sweet tooth"

    It may sound egocentric, or narcissistic, but I would love to see my abs again. I’m closing in on 45 and I want to look better, feel better and not complain like my classmates I still keep in touch with.

    I hesitate to mention(but here goes) my wife and I will be participating in the 2011 Chicago marathon.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:19 am #

      That is awesome — not one bit egocentric — it’s an incredible goal and you have to let us know (and send pictures) when you achieve it!!!! Congrats on the positive changes you’ve already made. Keep it up and good luck with the marathon!

  13. adam December 13, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    The new year has to be the absolute worst time to start a new exercise program or make resolutions – at least in climates with four seasons, anyway: Cold & Dark = high probability of failure. Too bad the new year doesn’t start in May… anyway I’m going to continue with what I have been doing, and need to come up with a plan for what to do when my workout partner bails. It seems people can be pretty consistent when they are working out with someone else, but when my partner can’t make it I don’t go either… any tips?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:22 am #

      Accountability is huge. Your job and his (or hers) is to pull each other up — rather than pulling each other down. If one can’t make it or makes excuses, pull them along in the right direction. And your new year (and everyone’s) can start in May … or whenever it is you want to start working towards a new goal. Maybe with your workout partner hold each other accountable by setting some type of challenge or contest between you two and put something “on the table” that makes it worth your while to both push yourselves.

      • adam December 13, 2010 at 9:37 am #

        Interesting – I like the challenge idea – anything to add motivation to not miss days helps. Thanks.

  14. Rhonda December 13, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    To be able to hold a 5 minute plank:) And I second the eating healthy/clean 90% of the time.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:22 am #

      Nice goal!!! I’m sure you’re not far off!

  15. Kathy December 13, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    Great tasting food is the best way to keep me on track. Good recipes and taking the time to prepare are the way to go. I also need to find new ways to fight the menopause bulge! It is really hard!!!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:23 am #

      Eating clean 90% of the time helps, so do interval workouts vs. long slow, boring cardio. All good for the midsection!

  16. Summer Mrotek December 13, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Hi Chris and Kara! I want to be a fitness model with photos published in a major magazine.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:23 am #

      That’s awesome, Summer!! Let us know how we can help — we work with lots of magazines.

  17. Laura Flournoy December 13, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    … To loose my weight on my own. To gain personal control on my own, not to have it given to
    Me through a surgical procedure.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:24 am #

      Write down a tangible goal to achieve and then write down 10 steps that you will take to achieve that goal. If it’s lose 10 lbs, for example, write down 10 things that will help you achieve that … exercise daily for x minutes, eat a vegetable or fruit with each meal, etc, etc. And by hitting all those steps, you’ll easily blow through your goals!

  18. jesse December 13, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    To get stronger: deadlift 400lbs, 20 pull ups & be able to do several sets of pistols. Single digit body fat and I know that, for me, the key to getting really lean is to make myself stronger. I already eat good but I could improve in that area too.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:25 am #

      Set a time frame on those goals and do all it takes to achieve them.

  19. Angelo J. Kostas, RD LDN December 13, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    I will continue to increase my fitness level (i.e., Resistance training, Running, Soccer, etc)…you know, the finer things in life :)

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:26 am #

      And figure out a way to “measure” your fitness level. Is it doing a certain number of pushups, running at a certain speed or finishing a certain race? Measurable goals are those that get done.

  20. Andrea December 13, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    To find the balance of family, work, spirituality, healthy diet and exercise.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      It’s a very fine line … don’t try to do all at once. Figure out which of those are your most challenging and work to improve that and that alone. Then as you improve that one challenge, continue and begin working on the next.

  21. julie December 13, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    25 perfect push ups, work on eating clean 75% of the time, (I do know my limitations), loose more inches and body fat, and let the scale do what ever it needs to do (not worry about what the scale says) Be ready 47 because here i come stronger, leaner and more committed than ever

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 9:28 am #

      AWESOME!!!! I love the “challenge” to your 47th birthday. :-) If eating clean 75% is an improvement for you, it’s perfect … every body has different levels of achievement, so knowing yours is great.

  22. Jacqueline December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    I will run more 5Ks. Just ran first one on December 5, 2010. Keep exercising to lower my cholesterol.

  23. Mary December 13, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Goal #1 in progress: Lose 20 lbs in 20 weeks……3 weeks and 3 lbs down so far. December is tough but that’s the point…isn’t it?? Just retested metabolism so new zones/interval schedule. Goal #2 is to follow that entirely for 12 weeks. 3 weeks in….and going strong!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      Sounds like you’re right on track — keep up the incredible work!! December is more challenging, but not when you’re laser focused. Keep it up and continue to update us on your progress!

  24. Nancy December 13, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Though I had gastric bypass and have lost the weight, I have to continue to work at it to keep it off. I want to continue to journal my eating and work toward increasing my exercise!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      Change “I want” to “I WILL” … and there’s no doubt you’ll achieve your goals!

  25. Tangila December 13, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Dr Mohr’s,
    Have you guys ever heard of a supplement called Virgin Coconut Oil, it claims to aid in losing weight, do you know anything about this?

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

      Coconut oil is another type of fat. It’s claims of helping with weight loss aren’t based on science. Compared to other saturated fats, it seems to be a better saturated fat, but it’s certainly not a magical weight loss aid. It has just as many calories as butter, oil, and all other types of fat when you compare equal serving sizes.

      • Tangila December 14, 2010 at 7:11 am #

        Wow, and I was taking this in a supplement pill…guess I’ll stop :)

  26. Sheryl Kramer December 13, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    I will learn and put into action being younger than my 50 years by:
    1. Doing more strength training 2-3X week
    2. Exercise every day even if it is only 15-20 min
    3. Decrease intake of added sugars…what is a good goal here? how many grams or less?

    Happy 2011!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

      Love the specificity of your goals!!! For #3 — some recommend less than 6 tsp/day (100 calories total) of added sugars. Honestly, the lower the better since they provide zero benefits.

  27. Judy December 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I plan to continue my exercising and clean eating. I have had a rotator cuff impingement and tendentious for the last 6months of which I have now gotten under control , finished therapy and started back on an exercise program which I plan to continue for the year. I am so excited to be able to do strength work again I don’t think I will have any trouble staying with my Resolution.

    Thank you for all your tips, they always help keep me on track.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family. Judy

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

      Keep it up and Happy Holidays to you!

  28. Patti December 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Success is due to your mind set, your preparation and your willingness to say, “NO excuses!” Merry Christmas and Happy Fit Year

  29. Tara Kali December 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    My goal for 2011 is to learn to rely less on what the number on the scale says and more on how I look (in my skinny jeans:) and feel. I would also like to improve my running and continue to run 5Ks and 10Ks throughout the year (once it warms up a bit).

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

      Nice — weight is just a number. Using clothes is a much better “marker” of how you look and feel. Enjoy those “skinny jeans.”

  30. Peggy Jerome December 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Our family re-commited ourselves going into the Thanksgiving holiday to not fall into the holiday eating trap. Daily, we discuss what we eat and when, if and how we let ourselves have little Christmas induldences. I hit a new weight goal last week, and this week maintained. Our work lives are very busy right now, so focusing at least on eating will help us when there isn’t time for exercise.

    Additionally, I am mapping out a plan for my life for the new year. I work, and my work circumstances will change in Jan. I will be able to get 30 min. of exercise in most days – yay!!!

    My goal for next year is 25 lbs, and 15% body weight – there, I said it! I also watch the Biggest Loser – record it every week. It might be silly, but I am inspired by the journey of all of those contestants. A couple of weeks ago, one of the contestants was declared cured from diabetes just by losing the weight and practicing a healthy lifestyle.

    I also read a frightening statistic today… “According to the U.S. Surgeon General of the 2.2 million deaths in America each year, 1.8 million are diet related.” Do you know if this is true?!

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and God Bless for a happy and healthy new year!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

      Having the support of your entire family is great — the more you are accountable to one another, the better! I’m not familiar with that particular statistic. Last I heard it was in the 300,000 range.

  31. Justina December 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    My goal for 2011 is to, continue to do my workout. But most of all to loose the baby fat on my belly. If I happen to loose a few more kilos well great. Eat heather as well. To continue the healther life for me and my family. If I can be the example then Lord help me to be

  32. Lee Christmas December 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Chris how is it going?

    I have 3 resolutions for 2011.

    1. Stop drinking Coke – that sugar demonstration you did sold me on that one ;)
    2. Get back to the gym after my heart problems.
    3. Apply for university and begin my journey to a BSc in sports science.

    Hope you will enjoy the holidays

    regard,
    Lee Christmas
    Iceland!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

      Glad I could help with #1 — it took me coming all the way to Iceland to demonstrate Coke is unhealthy? Ha ha.

      Keep up the great work, Lee!

  33. Susie December 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    I will go back to some sort of structured group exercise, lose 20 pounds, learn to kayak, and file the papers on my floor.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

      My favorite is the learning to Kayak — what a fun, unique activity! Oh yeah, and filing papers is a good one too. Keep up the great work!

  34. Rob December 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Continue towards a lean healthy body that I’ve had in the past, get my nutrition certification that the great Dr Mohr is working on, get back into acting which is my absolute passion and inspire others to live the life that they’ve always deserved but were afraid to live!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

      Keep it up, Rob!! Love the positive attitude!

  35. Selene December 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    1. Schedule at least one more workshop to teach.
    2. Get at least one more peer-reviewed journal article published.
    3. Re-establish consistency in my workout schedule (alternate days of interval training and resistance training).
    4. Record and make available the trance journey recordings my students have been begging for.

  36. Pam December 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Today is my birthday… a gift I want to give myself is to come close to exercising between 350-365 days over the next year, and to have amazing looking arms when my daughter gets married this summer.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

      Happy Birthday — and what a present for YOU and your daughter. :-)

  37. Denise December 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    In 2011 I’m going to do my first century ride.

  38. Cathy December 14, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Did my first half ironman last summer with the need to walk for 12 or those 13 run miles. I will train harder by doing more run-bike bricks so I can sustain the run this time and take off at least 1 hour from my finishing time. Mental toughness really needs to be worked on.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 14, 2010 at 7:02 am #

      WOW — what a goal!! Congrats, Cathy!

  39. wayne December 14, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    I’ve been steadily working for 4 yrs towards an incredible goal of an Ironman in 2011. I’ve signed up, have a training plan, will drop 15lbs by the event date, arrive on race day healthy and finish with a big smile.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

      I’ll be at Louisville Ironman cheering on others … that’s incredible!!! It is one of the best things I’ve ever done (Ironman 2009).

  40. Denise Bohn December 14, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    I want to continue forward from the 75C retaining control of my choices, using the 90/10 rule.
    I’ve commited to another full year of bootcamp and want to focus on upper body strength and the ability to complete 25 good pushups (in a row!).

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

      I can’t wait to help and watch you every step of the way!

  41. Terri S. December 14, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    I plan to stick with the diet changes I’ve made with the 75C contest. I’m hoping to lose another 5 lbs.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

      No hoping, just doing!!!!! :-)

  42. Kate December 14, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    This year I will crush my PR in a 1/2 marathon for under 1:45min. This year I climb My Whitney. This year I will remain healthy and injury free, eat organic, exericise everyday, drink high quality water, sleep 8 hours/night…and most importantly believe in myself and appreciated every step of the way:)

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

      Very, very cool goals — love the steps to get there too! Keep it up!

  43. Steph December 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    I will continue to prepare my veggies every weekend and plan my meals for the week. I will lose the last 4 pounds to reach my weight loss goal! I will wear a bladder back pack while working to insure that I stay hydrated. I must continue to work on being positive and accepting of me.

  44. Laura Wagner December 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    I find it best to set INTENTIONS throughout the year as opposed to RESOLUTIONS at the beginning of the year. Resolutions tend to feel like an all-or-nothing deal where one setback can cancel out the whole plan — we think we’ve failed. Intentions can be about an overall goal but broken down into incremental steps or actions that build upon each other to make a lasting impact. I’ll keep going to BodyPump with my friend Karen, walking, running, and dancing with my friends at Jazzercise. I intend to keep adding better food choices each day and will savor the energetic feeling I get when eat healthfully so I can tap into that again when I get in a slump. And I intend to keep drinking lots and lots of water. And a little red wine, too ; ) Miss seeing you guys — glad I get these messages so I can stay in touch!

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

      Great points, Laura — setting intentions is a great way to look at it. Keep up the great work!

  45. Karien December 15, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    My goals at present is to lose 15kg or to fit in a South African size 8 which ever comes first. To do my exercise program consistently and to eat healthy at least 80%. Drink water 2 liters per day

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

      Great. I like the “process” goals of doing what it takes to get there vs. just focusing on the endpoints themselves. Keep it up!

  46. Jim from Functional Fitness Facts December 15, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    My goal for 2011 is to continue doing what I did in 2010 – exercising (both weight lifting and cardio) regularly and eating as healthy a diet as possible. Regular exercise and healthy eating have enabled me, at 54 years old, to be in the best shape of my life. I plan on being even in better shape as I turn 55 in October.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr December 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

      Nice, Jim — hard work continues to pay off!

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