Who can relate to waking up one day and realizing that a year has just passed you by? A year pass and you're two steps further from the goals you set at the start of the year. It's not like you didn't give your goals any thoughts, it's more like the thoughts just stayed in your mind without any actions.
Well, I can definitely relate, I'd be first to quickly raise a hand and cover face in shame. Yep me!
There is a lot of research devoted to the statement that it takes 21 days to form a habit or being consistent enough to break a habit after 21 days. The notion is if you do anything for 21 days straight, it can become a lifestyle for you. Essentially you become accustomed to this action and therefore it becomes a habit.
After having my third child I knew I had to develop a consistent exercise regiment as well as customize my diet to have the results I desired. 0f course 35 pounds wouldn't just vanish on its own, don't we all just wish it would though. My midsection was going to make me work for it, and hard. I was faced with a desire versus "legitimate" excuses on why I couldn't have a consistent exercise regiment and a better diet to lose weight and there it began, a battle of the will. I was determined to develop better habits and here is how I did it.
Take care of yourself from the inside out. Treat your mind, body, and soul well. Live a life that is pleasing. Colossians 1:10 "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God."