It's the first weekend after the New Year, and have you, like many Americans resolved to change a few habits? Our Marcie Fraser has more.
"Keeping up the gym activity," said one gym goer, "To keep my weight under two hundred," said another.
The New Year represents fresh starts, new promises, to lose weight, stop spending money, reduce drinking, but for most people, resolutions don't last too long.
"Fifty percent of the American population does a New Year's resolution. By week number one about twenty-five percent, one quarter, is no longer following their New Year's resolution," said Kerry Murray Pertchik, PhD, Clinical Psychologist.
With all the good intentions, money spent on the best personal trainers or diet programs, why don't people succeed?
"Primarily one of the reasons is there is not a whole lot of thought put into it or a lot of preparation around a New Year's resolution."
Give yourself a break, remember your bad habits can't be changed overnight, and if you fall off the wagon once, twice, even three times, expect more failures, its part of the road to success.
"Any time you try stop addictive behavior, whether it is alcohol, spending or food consumption, we have about six to seven failures before we see success."
If you are finding a hard with your motivation, don't even want to look for your sneakers, experts say, do your grunt work first, relax later.
It's called the Premack Principle. So, you do the least preferred behavior first let's say going to the gym. And then reinforce yourself with a pleasurable activity afterwards if that is watching your favorite TV show or if that is playing with your children, whatever is the more desirable behavior would be you do the least preferred first.