Making your New Year’s resolution stick

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)—New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but making them stick is a whole different story!

At Orange Theory Fitness in South Tampa, there’s a wall full of reasons why members sweat it out at the gym.

From “better selfies” to “pizza and beer” to just “feeling good”, everyone has their own reason for working out, but sticking to those goals all year long is easier said than done.

“Weight loss. They want to eat better, they want to look good,” said head trainer Elvis Fisher.

Recent studies claim 40 percent of us will make a resolution this year to lose weight and live a healthier life, but by the time 2017 rolls around, only 8 percent of us will meet our goals.

So, how can you make a resolution stick?

Fisher believes in making several small goals instead of one large one.

“It’s great to have the one big goal, but to keep yourself going, you want to make 5 to 10 small goals that you can reach,” said Fisher.

Preparation and consistency are also crucial throughout the new year.

“Positivity breeds positivity. Tell yourself that you can do it. Stay strong, don’t get down on yourself. If you mess up, if you miss a workout, if you miss a meal, if you had a bad meal, don’t get down on yourself! A healthy you is a process,” said Fisher.

Fisher also suggests scheduling your workouts like you would a doctor’s appointment or a meeting to keep yourself accountable. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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