Fitness and weight loss are frequent additions to resolution lists that are created each year.

If you’re determined that this is the year that you will get your weight in check, then here is what the experts suggest you can do to make these new habits become a regular part of your lifestyle.

#1. Keep Yourself Accountable

Tell your family and friends about your intentions to lose weight. Share your daily and long-term goals with them. Then check-in with them on a regular basis to let them know how you are doing. You might find a workout partner during this initial step.

#2. Use Social Media

Let your acquaintances on social media know about your plans to lose weight too. Keep a log on your Facebook profile or Twitter page about what your current weight and eating habits are. Then update this information each week to prove that you’re reaching the goals you set for yourself.

#3. Join Online Groups

If posting personal information about yourself on social media makes you uncomfortable, then consider joining an online group or forum on weight loss instead. You can share goals, talk about progress, and get ideas from like-minded individuals. 

Try joining a challenge group to find some healthy competition and extra support too. 

#4. Get Rid of Temptations

There will be times that comfort foods will be too great a temptation to avoid when you’re trying to lose weight. Since you have the motivation to make your resolution stick right now, then this is the time to remove the junk food from your home. If you don’t want to throw it away, then give the snacks to someone else who won’t mind eating them.

#5. Prepare Ahead of Time

What gets dieters in trouble is the decision to let their appetite dictate the meals they prepare each night. Try planning out what you’ll eat for an entire week instead. Then portion out your meals in the refrigerator to ensure that you’re eating in healthy ways. Don’t forget to plan for some snacks that you can enjoy! Hummus, nut butter, and even boiled eggs can all help you stick to those resolutions.

#6. Reward Yourself

When you accomplish goals during your efforts to lose weight, then celebrate those moments. Reward yourself in a way that is special to you. That might mean going shopping for shoes, eating at a special restaurant, or going to a movie that you want to see. This step helps you look forward to the next goal while recognizing the hard work you put in to reach the current one.

#7. Visualize Success

Picture yourself as the “new you” each time you look in the mirror. Think about what life will be like when you accomplish your goals. Will you try on new fashions? Go on a vacation? Put on that little black dress you wore back in high school?

These steps will help you stay on track to meet your New Year’s resolutions because you’re staying accountable to your goals. Stay strong, be consistent, and then watch the good stuff start coming your way.