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Resolve to Stick with Your Resolutions This Year

On January 1st, many people earnestly resolve to become better people, whether it be by losing weight, quitting smoking, spending more time with family, or trying a new hobby.  They start the new year full of hope and determination and fully intend to stick with their resolutions.  But inevitably life gets in the way, and for most of us, our resolutions are long forgotten by the first of February.  Here are some tips to set more do-able goals this year.  Toast to achieving a new you this year when the ball drops at midnight!

  1. Set specific goals:  Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight,” or “I need to go to the gym more,” set a specific target to measure your progress by.  A goal of losing 5 lbs a month or going to the gym 3 times a week is much easier to keep track of.
  2. Be realistic: If you’ve smoked a pack a day since you were 18, don’t expect to be able to quit cold turkey.  Choose 3 or 4 different methods to help you quit and promise to try them all before giving up.  If you love dessert but are trying to eat healthier, don’t cut it out of your diet completely.  Add more fruits and veggies to your meals, decrease your portion sizes, or save desserts for special occasions.   You will be less likely to binge on sweets when they aren’t forbidden.
  3. Enlist help:  A friend or spouse can hold you accountable (as can a personal trainer!).  Food journals are a great way to see how much you are really eating, and group exercise classes are fun, social, and difficult to slack off in once the class has started!  If you want to try a new hobby, ask around to see if anyone else is interested in taking those painting or cooking classes with you.