Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy new year. If you have some New Years resolutions here are some tips.

1. Write down your goal in measurable terms. Be as specific as possible. Include when, how, and what in your definition. Saying I will lose weight is not good enough but saying I will exercise by riding my bike for 30 minutes Tuesday and Friday morning at 8:00 AM is better. I will also eat healthy food while good could be better. I will eat a banana and one half cup of whole grain cereal with skim milk is much more specific.

2. Once you know what your target behaviors are create a check list to mark off each time you engage in the target behavior. Then graph your progress towards your goal.

3. While you are doing this get the help of family and friends to keep you on track. They will be able to cheer you on as you make progress and keep you motivated when you get tired.

4. Celebrate progress and rewrite goals into smaller objectives if you are struggling. A set back for one day does not mean a set back for the entire week. Try mastering one goal at a time. Having too many goals at the same time will make it more difficult to meet even one of you goals.

Good luck, and a very happy 2012 to you and yours.

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