I recently wrote an article for the newspaper concerning New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. In preparing for the story, I discovered a poll that listed the top 10 resolutions for the year. At the top of that list was eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Although it’s not a bad idea to begin the new year desiring to become a healthier individual, usually by February or March, those same individuals have fallen back into their old patterns. I asked my trainer Renee Byrd concerning what it is going to take for people to remain diligent after setting this goal for themselves. Byrd’s answer was one of simplicity, but something that we all lack at some time or another – commitment.

“I could talk about this topic all day,” Byrd expressed. “But the bottom line is that there’s one thing that separates success from failure and that one thing is commitment. Without a commitment you’re setting yourself up for failure.”

Byrd said when it comes to people losing weight, they get excited and pumped up in the beginning about losing weight, but they fail to remember that it’s a commitment.

“A commitment is repeatedly doing something long after the mood in which you decided to do that particular thing has passed,” she said. “Typically, when it comes to losing weight, people begin coming up with excuses and reasons why they can’t work out. And after a few months, they start to fall back into their old habits.”

She said in order to stick with a weight loss commitment, people definitely need a positive mindset.

“It all begins with establishing a positive mindset,” Byrd stated. “If you don’t have a positive mindset, you’re never going to commit to anything in life, including losing weight. Positive mindsets can be habit forming. And if you practice it everyday, you will eventually become a positive person.”

This type of individual will be a responsible person who won’t look for reasons not to work out, but do whatever it takes to make weight loss a reality.

So long story short, once you resolve to become a healthier individual, you must stay committed to the task and surround yourself with positive people who are going to encourage you to pursue those goals.

To reach Renee Byrd or if you have fitness questions, contact her at 972-741-1271 or renee@campgladiator.com. Her responses will be posted in next week’s Fit for Thought column, which appears in the Wednesday edition of the Daily Light.

Melissa Cade is a journalist for Waxahachie Newspapers Inc. Follow her on Facebook.com/MelissaCadeWDL. Contact her at 469-517-1450 or melissa.cade@waxahachietx.com.