Keeping Your New Year's Resolution

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If you are like hundreds of others this year, you have looked back on your life last year and want to make changes in the New Year.  New Year’s day comes around and we all make our New Year’s resolutions  

While resolutions are well-intentioned, unfortunately most people fail at keeping them. With all the hype surrounding these promises, it’s easy to get caught up in it without really taking them seriously.  With a few easy steps and small goals it may be easier than you think to keep that resolution. 

First get a game plan together, write down a plan, start with small goals that will help you to be more at working to succeed.

That small goal, If you are trying to look like that model you saw on TV, might not be a realistic goal for the majority of us, so instead try to include daily physical activity in our lives is very possible to work toward looking better.

Tell your goals to a friend, many of us keep our New Year’s resolution to ourselves, this will make it alot easier to just forget about them.  Instead, go public. For example, write down your resolution on a large sheet of paper, sign it, and place it somewhere prominent in your house. Tell your friends, family and colleagues about your resolution, and ask them to provide you with helpful nudges to assist you in achieving your goal. Either way, do not keep your resolution to yourself. 

Track your progress as you go, write down each small goal you achieve in order to make it to your larger goal. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and small accomplishments will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, say, focus on losing that first 5. Keeping a food diary or a symptom journal may help you stay on track.

Try your hardest to stick to it, reports has said that it will take about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit, and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Your new healthful habits will become second-nature in no time.

Finally, reward yourself after you have completed each goal. If you’ve stuck with your resolution for 2 months, treat yourself to something special. But, be careful of your reward type. If you’ve lost 5 pounds, don’t give yourself a piece of cake as an award. Instead, treat yourself to something non-food related, like a professional massage. 

Happy 2011!

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