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New Years Resolutions
By Rita Oliveira
May 19, 2006

Many people start the year off with great intentions by setting New Year's resolutions for weight loss. Well, it is easier said then done for most. Often by March the will power to resist temptations diminishes and old habits reappear. This can be explained as poor goal setting.

Weight loss is one of the most common New Year's resolution made each year.

Unfortunately, weight loss is a difficult process, and most people require immediate gratification, therefore many turn to a quick fix diet. Diets are very restrictive and force many drastic changes at once. For this reason, it is very difficult to stick with it long enough in order to reach long term success. Discouraged by failure to comply, many return to old habits and New Year's resolutions are broken and forgotten.

Let's make this year different by setting smart goals and sticking to them. Goal setting gives you a long-term vision and short term motivation. By setting a specific clearly defined goal that you can measure, you can take pride in your achievements. It raises your self-confidence as you recognize your ability to achieve a goal you set for yourself.

The first step is to determine what your long-term goal is; for example lose 30 pounds. Then start planning smaller behavioural goals, such as to decrease sugar intake. Behavioural goals are more realistic and usually set you up for long term success. Make gradual improvements in your nutrition and exercise to help you achieve and maintain your goal through a lifestyle change. Don't try to change your life in one day.

Write your goals down and post them in a highly visible area such as your fridge, bedroom door, or anywhere where you and others will see them. Seeing your goals on a daily basis will remind you of the importance to follow through. Create a support system by let the people closest to you know what your goals are. If they understand the importance they are more likely to support and encourage you.

It is also important to create an environment for success. Toss out the junk food or put it in a separate cupboard out of your everyday reach. Be sure to also keep your refrigerator stocked full of fresh cut veggies and fruit and other healthy foods. What is out of sight is out of mind.

Design a reward system to keep you motivated to continue on your journey toward a healthier, slimmer you. When a particular behaviour goal is met you receive some sort of prize. Get your hair or nails done, have a facial, get a pedicure or whatever you feel you deserve.

By taking all of these steps to developing realistic goals, you will find your New Year's Resolution is very attainable and will achieve a lifestyle change. Do it right and make this your last weight loss resolution.



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