How to succeed with a New Year's resolution

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) We first met Maria Sheehan nearly 11 years ago, as she became Truckee Meadows Community College President. She says she loved her job. But as time went on she noticed she and her colleagues weren't getting any younger or healthier.

Maria Sheehan provided this photograph of herself.

Then the unthinkable: UNR President Milton Glick died of a stroke in April 2011.

“By the time I had completed my time at TMCC, I had been a CEO for 20 years; that's a very long time. And we have a very short life,” says Sheehan.

She retired from her post in 2016 and began a journey to make herself healthier on all levels. That included yoga, but not before beginning weight lifting and even body building.

“The advancing years mean you have to slow down, you have to gain weight, you have to lose sleep, and it is all downhill from there. And it doesn't have to be that way at all,” say Sheehan.

She's become a health coach. And at 72, she says she feels better than ever and intends to compete in further body building competitions this year. She also is an inspiration to those around her.

“I point her out because she is over 70 years old. She is happy, she is motivated, she is very healthy, and she never gives up,” says Marie Harger, a yoga and Ayurveda practitioner.

While Maria's transformation was not a New Year's Resolution, it was a resolution nevertheless. She says she was able to succeed because she had a definite plan.

“And most people, you do not have a plan. That is why health coaches are so popular now; they help people,” says Sheehan.

She also says she didn't expect big changes all at once. She was able to accept little victories and was open to new experiences. She also said she has support from friends and family. According to the experts, a perfect combination for a successful positive change in your life.

Another recommendation, wait until you make that resolution--instead of vowing to make a change on an arbitrary date on the calendar. Some experts say make a resolution this spring. A change in seasons may push you along to make a change yourself.