E very year, University of Colorado senior Carly Weinstein makes resolutions to eat healthier and get in shape. And every year, about a month into the year, she forgets about her goals and finds herself eating Cosmo's Pizza.

"My resolution is pretty much the same, but I am way more motivated now because I only have one more semester left to make a difference," she said

This might be her year. Seniors may have an advantage over other goal-setters since times of transition, like graduating, make it easier for most to make changes, said university psychologist Glenda Russell.

"When you're in a time of transition, it's a good time to think about things and do things differently," Russell said. "When your life is already changing, it's easier to change your existing habits."

Weinstein said despite her busy schedule, she is confident that her resolutions will be easier to stick to this year.

"Since I will be going to graduate school right after I graduate, time will continue to be an issue for me, which is why I must learn to deal with it now, and not put it off until after I graduate from my master's as well," Weinstein said. "Plus, I want to look good for graduation."

Other seniors are making resolutions for the first time. Alex Rausch said thinking about graduation encouraged his first attempt at a New Year's resolution.

"Well, I haven't really seriously done them in the past," Rausch said. "But this year I really want to start getting more active to stay in shape when I'm out of college."


Rausch said graduation and his new full-time job inspired his efforts to make working out a habit that will stick.

"I think part of it is the job I have lined up when I graduate is working for a company who owns a chain of health clubs, so I feel that I should probably take advantage of the free membership I get," Rausch said.

Though graduation and new jobs could help seniors stay motivated in 2013, Russell said there are a few tricks that students can use to stay on track and achieve their goals.

"I think too often people make big, intense, not very realistic resolutions," Russell said. "I'd suggest making intentions instead of resolutions and allow all of the efforts you make toward those goals count."

Monthly goals are more realistic for most people, she said, so set intentions every month even if they're the same each time.

Russell said health apps are helpful for some who want to keep track of their achievements but others can get distracted by logging every detail. She suggests thinking about a previous achievement and using tactics that worked in the past to keep up with future goals.

"Different things work for different people," Russell said. "Find what works best for you whether that's writing it down or just keeping it in your head and stick with it."

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