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New Year – New You

January 9, 2012

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution for yourself this year?

If the answer is yes, are you still sticking with it? Many people have decided by now to forego their new year’s resolutions.

If the answer is no, it isn’t too late, you can still set a resolution for 2012!

No matter your answer, keep in mind that there are a few tips and tricks to help you get back on track with your goal or create a new one.

1. Set realistic goals. Resolutions are often difficult to stick to because they are unrealistic. The first step to achieving your goal, whether it is to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, etc… is setting a realistic goal. Sure many of us want to lose 20 pounds this year, but is such a large goal realistic? Instead of setting 1 large goal, why not set several small goals? How about losing 5 or 10 pounds before Memorial Day? If you achieve that goal, you can always set another goal for yourself (lose another 5 or 10 pounds by Labor Day). The more realistic your goals are, the more likely you are to accomplish them. So, decide what you’d like to achieve by the end of 2012 and set small goals to help yourself get there. You will feel more accomplished each time you attain a goal.

2. Combine goals. Many people set goals to eat healthier, exercise more, or lose weight. These are all very admirable goals, but you can’t achieve these by just taking one action. You will never lose weight if you don’t combine exercise and health eating. Your healthy eating won’t make you feel any better unless you incorporate exercise. You won’t continue to exercise if you aren’t eating properly at meal time. Many times we set a goal without realizing what other goals we may need to set to help ourselves achieve our ultimate goal. If you want to lose weight, start off small. Pack yourself a healthy lunch a couple of times a week. Then, work your way up. Once you are comfortable packing your lunch, add in exercise. Once you are comfortable with that, pump up the routine. Start eating healthier at every meal and exercise a little longer each day. Eventually you will achieve your goal of losing weight and you will feel more accomplished along the way.

3. Dedicate time to your resolution. Many of us think that our resolution will come about just by thinking about it. It won’t. You will not be able to achieve anything by sitting around. Hold yourself accountable and set aside time to work on your goal. I don’t mean just think about when you will work on it…actually set time aside for it. Write it on your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, do whatever it takes. Many of us have hectic schedules and if we do not set aside the time we need to achieve our goal, we will quickly see our resolution fall by the wayside.

4. Buddy up. The buddy system worked when we were kids, why not implement it now? Find a friend with a similar resolution and work with each other. Working out is much easier when someone is there cheering you on. Quitting smoking is easier when you have someone to talk to when a craving comes about. Eating healthier meals works better if someone else is eating them with you. It may sound corny but it works.

5. Don’t give up. We all need a break every now and then. Just because you take a break from working on your goal doesn’t mean you have to give up. If you fall down, get right back up and try again. The more perseverance you have the more likely you are to achieve your goal.

Keep these tips in mind as you work toward your achieving your 2012 resolutions.

We wish you the best of luck and thank you for reading!

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