Sticking to Your New Year's Fitness Goal

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's the beginning of January when people make their New Years resolutions to hit the gym.

"It does get crowded in January and our goals is to get people to stay with their goals after January," General Manager of Best Fitness Jerry Bella said.

Bella said many of those excited gym-goers lose their drive and give up by the springtime. Bella said there are some steps you have to follow to keep your eyes on the fitness prize, including having a plan.

"They have an ultimate goal but they take baby steps and set smaller goals," Bella said.

Here is some motivation. Rachel Miller lost a whopping 100 pounds.

"One day I just said this is too much. I have to do something about it," Miller said.

She said it took a lot of effort and it didn't happen overnight.

"About a year or two. I went through two pregnancies. I kept it off for 13 years," Miller said.

Along with having a reasonable goal and plan, you have to find a way to make the workout challenges, enjoyable.

"Having fun while you're doing it. Laughing, bringing in your friends, talking with the trainers, getting the moral support everybody is looking for to get them through tough times," Bella said.

Miller said she slowly worked up to working out five times a week to maintain her weight. She has words of wisdom from her experience to help people stick to those fitness resolutions and avoid getting discouraged.

"It takes time. It takes time to put weight on, it takes time to get it off so you just have to be patient," Miller said.