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5 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Actually Realistic

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5 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Actually Realistic

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By V Doctor | December 30, 2014 1:34 PM EST
Many people may not notice that they make the same New Year's resolutions year after year simply because they did not stick to their previous promises. The objective is to come up with more specific and realistic resolutions that you can actually stay consistent with for at least 12 months. Make these changes a lifestyle and implement properly as planned.

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1. Making better food choices
Instead of saying that you will diet beginning the New Year, be more specific in your weight loss plan, such as avoiding fried food, soda and candy. Also avoid completely starving yourself or eliminating a food type entirely. It is unrealistic to say that you will not eat chocolates forever. Moderation is the key.
  2. Starting slow
Those who plan to hit the gym after the New Year should set a realistic exercise regimen that will not burn them out immediately. Begin by planning to exercise two to three hours every week, instead of attempting to exercise every day. Look for a fun and interesting activity that you can stick to for months. The American Psychology Association recommends that you make small changes and in a gradual manner.

3. Change one behavior at a time
Bad behaviour and habits develop in a matter of months or years so it will be more realistic to focus on changing one at a time. For example, resolve to be more patient in the New Year. Start practicing the good trait on your partner, family and kids. Think of the trait at all times until you can naturally do it.

4. Ask for help
Some changes will require help from other people so you remain successful in your resolution. Talk to a family member, friend or medical expert to encourage you to remain consistent such as when trying to lose weight or spending less

5. Monitor your progress
Psychology Today recommends that you keep track of your progress on a daily basis so you are constantly reminded of the task and challenge. There will be days when you fall short of your goal but makeup for it by sticking to your resolution the next day. Keep monitoring and tracking your improvements by keeping a logbook.
Changes will not happen overnight so consistency and dedication will be your guide to success.

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