Finish First — channeling your inner Missy Franklin to win the gold medal in keeping resolutions

Only a few keep their new year resolutions longer than the time it takes to cycle through another credit card bill for last month’s splurge and vices

We are all walking contradictions — except Missy Franklin.

As you read this, how many things have you left undone today? This week? That promise you made to yourself after the third glass of prosecco on New Year’s Eve to take off 10 pounds, quit drinking pop, drive past the coffee shop, actually go and stay at the gym? How’s that working for you?

Yeah, me neither. You’re not alone. Only a few keep their new year resolutions longer than the time it takes to cycle through another credit card bill for last month’s splurge and vices.

Do Something that you think is fun - if it's fun, it's not going to seem like work at all. Set goals for yourself - reaching a goal you've set for yourself is one of the best feelings in the world and will motivate you to keep working towards new ones. Be tough on yourself when you need to be, but also make sure you're taking care of yourself. Surround yourself with people who will support you in reaching your goals.Except Missy Franklin, Aurora’s amazing world champion swimmer and source of pure positive energy. This month, our writers went out in search of people, reasons and research that speaks to will power and finding ways to get thinner, healthier and happier.

We found them. Read on and find out what experts from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Denver say about why it can be so hard to do good by your body and life. The Aurora research and medical campus is the home not only to teams that are looking for ways to help people reach their goals, but it’s home to a program that focuses on nothing but that. Rachel Sapin’s story about Dr. Holly Wyatt, the medical director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and author of the book and real-life program, “State of Slim.” Find out how people who’ve struggled with health issues for years have found ways to get off the couch, out from behind the desk and out from under excess weight. You might be surprised at what’s been holding you back all these years.

Missy wouldn’t be surprised, though. Writer Courtney Oakes talks with the Olympic gold medalist about what’s motivated her for years to push harder and harder to get to the top of her sport. Like so many things about Franklin, her responses and suggestions are surprising. While Franklin struggles with wanting to sleep more and take it easier just like everyone else, she differs from most of us by having a crystal clear picture of what it is she really wants, and how to see success as a choice and not a challenge.

Don’t stop at the cover story, this month we bring you stories about different kinds of Colorado activities, from what it’s like inside the CrossFit gym to better ways to take your best friend on a run with you as you make good on the resolution to hit the trails again. We round out this winter issue with stories about what to drive and even suggestion about how to look hot on the dance floor. Bet on your own success and read on.

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