Whether or not you've made a New Year's resolution, changing bad habits can be hard, the experts say in order to stay on track; don't make goals you can't keep. Our Marcie Fraser has more.
"To lose about fifteen pounds," said one, "Probably stay under 165," said another.
Are you getting tired of falling off the wagon? Maybe you will have more tolerance and patience when you learn that most people fail on average seven times before they are successful. Why? You can blame a primitive part of your brain.
"It's that reptilian brain in the basal ganglia which is not conscious, and that is why sometimes you, without awareness, all of suddenly you find yourself half way through a half gallon of ice cream and say, I didn't mean to do this, unconsciously," said Kerry Murray Pertchik, PhD. Clinical Psychologist.
When stressed, unconscious habits automatically surface and there goes will power, some people over eat or over spend.
There are those people who ask why you just can't stop, stop eating stop gambling, what they need to realize is that some of these habits are addictions.
"Those behaviors, like binge eating, gambling they do provide an endorphin rush for an individual. For some self-destruction behaviors they have even done research on this, where the addiction pattern in the brain an as equivalent to someone who is addicted to heroin," said Pertchik.
If will power wanes and you are about to give into an urge, this may not be the time you can to problem solve.
"In that moment we don't want them to problem solve necessarily but simply to distract themselves enough away from the urge or from what is emotionally overwhelming to them, just enough so the emotion can calm itself down and the urge can remit." Pertchik added.
Stay on track, set short term goals, reward small achievements and remember, it takes several attempts before a new habit is established.