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A Complete Guide to Following your New Year’s Resolutions

From eating healthy to keeping an active lifestyle, the New Year's Resolutions you set for this upcoming year can pave the way to a healthier & better you.January 1st – a day that commemorates a brand new year and marks the beginning of a new set of New Year’s resolutions. From eating healthy to keeping an active lifestyle, the goals you set for this upcoming year can pave the way to a healthier and better you. Oftentimes, the resolutions we set for ourselves are unrealistic and difficult to sustain, causing many of us to fall back to our old habits after a few days. But have no fear, we came up with a few tips that can help you not only set obtainable goals, but also uphold and maintain them long-term.

1. Set specific goals.
Perhaps the most common mistake that we make while writing our New Year’s resolutions is that we typically make them too broad and not measurable. We vow to “eat healthy,” “stop eating fast food,” and my personal favorite, “exercise every day.” Although these are great objectives, they aren’t exactly quantifiable or specific. Instead, you can commit to eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, limiting fast food to once or twice a week, and including 20-30 minutes of physical activity 5 days per week. These goals are much more specific and calculable, making it more likely that you’ll actually follow them.

2. Focus on one goal at a time.
It is unrealistic to expect that overnight, you will adopt healthy eating habits and start exercising. Healthy habits that are sustainable typically develop over time, little by little; with every health-promoting decision you make, your conviction becomes stronger, allowing your next decision to become easier. Ultimately, this will result in the permanent adoption of healthy habits. Therefore, focusing on one goal at a time can help you maintain these resolutions on a long-term basis so that they start becoming part of your routine.

3. Always be prepared.
A wise man once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” This quote can be applied to perhaps any situation, from planning your meals to planning your days, workouts, and so on. If your goal is to limit fast food, make sure that you prepare your meals ahead of time and pack them in containers to take to work or school. You can even make a big batch of a recipe so that you have meals prepared for the rest of the week. If you know that you get hungry around midday and are typically away from home at that time, be sure to have plenty of healthy snacks, such as nuts and fresh fruit, on hand. Lastly, if your goal is to take a 30-minute walk around the block every day, lay out your workout clothes ahead of time so you have no excuses to get out and get moving.

While writing your New Year’s resolutions, remember that it’s not the end of the world if you have setbacks. Welcome each challenge you encounter with open arms, and have a plan in mind to overcome it. Ultimately, the key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions lies in upholding your goals and objectives with every health-forwarding decision you make and every health-forwarding action you take.

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New Year, New You: Successful & Lasting Weight Loss in 2016 Live Chat- January 19th

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Please join us for a live chat on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST with Emory Healthcare registered dietitians, Victoria Delgado, RD, and Kasey LaPointe, RD. They will discuss healthful living tips to get you on the path to lasting weight loss and answer your questions about surgical and non-surgical weight loss. Weight loss can be a big challenge, both physically and mentally, but with hard work, a strong support system and a positive outlook, you can achieve better health in 2016. Register here for this chat!

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How to Make a Successful New Year’s Resolution – Dos & Don’ts

Do: Get a Head Start

Healthy New Year's Resolutions Dos & Don'ts

The first day of the New Year seems like the perfect day to start a new lifestyle, but why wait for a specific day to begin a healthier way of life?  Waiting may actually be doing more harm than good to your resolution.  The holiday temptations and the “I can indulge today/ this week/this month because I am going to lose weight in the New Year” mentality can actually set you back farther and make your resolution harder to achieve.  There’s no sense in putting off for later what you can start today.

Don’t: Go to the Extreme

The most common reason that New Year’s resolutions fail is because they are too unrealistic.  It’s great to be motivated to improve your health, but people often try to change too much at once.  For example, a sedentary person will fail in the long run if their goal is to go to the gym every single day.  Instead, it would be more doable for this person to resolve to walk around their neighborhood for 15 minutes, three days a week.  Once they are in the habit of doing this, then they can gradually increase the length and frequency of their workouts.

Do: Think About Your Goals

Simply saying that you are going to lose weight won’t make it happen without creating a plan.  To do this, think about where you are right now and what baby steps you can take to reach your larger goals.  Try these tips that will help you along the way: write your goals down, get a friend to help you, track your progress, and reward your accomplishments (but not with food!).

Don’t: Forget to Revisit Your Resolution

It’s OK to revise your goals.  In fact, it will actually help you achieve them.  Life happens and you can’t always control it.  Focus on the elements of your lifestyle that you can control and forget about what you can’t.  This will help you stay positive and focused.