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Keeping Your New Years Resolution

Tips for Staying on Track


Updated December 29, 2010

Every year, millions of people pledge to start anew. Unfortunately, even with the best of intentions, most of these resolutions will be forgotten within a few months. There are several things you can do to help keep yourself on track. Here are 5 tips to help you keep your New Years resolution.

Set Realistic Goals

Let's face it. In most cases, it's not realistic to completely change your behavior overnight. Starting with small changes, for example, drinking only one 8oz soda each day, may make it easier for the new behavior to stick.

Plan Ahead

Understand what you will need in order to succeed. For example, if you plan to start running three times a week, having new running shoes and clothes can help you be excited for that first run. If your plan involves changing your diet, sign up for a free account with Calorie Count to help you.

Start Early

Who says you need to start your resolution on January 1st? If you're ready, begin something now. Sometimes, procrastinating can reduce some of the initial excitement necessary to keep you moving. Doing something now can help you to make that change. For example, if you plan on starting an exercise program, start now by taking a walk each day.

Make Yourself Accountable

Share your goals with a friend, family member or partner. Even better, find somebody to exercise or change your eating habits with. Having to answer to and share that goal with a partner can help you stay on track. A partner will often provide motivation when you need it, and allow you to be a source of motivation for them as well.

Recognize Your Successes

Give yourself a reward for each small success. This can give you something to work towards and enjoy. Most of all, enjoy the feeling of accomplishment each time you reach one of your goals.

Use Your Slips as a Learning Experience

This is very important. There may be times that you slip, but understand that every day, we have the ability to make a choice. If we slip today, we can still make the decision to get back on track tomorrow. Don't beat yourself up; just make a different choice next time.
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