New Year, New Start

Looking to lose weight, get more organized, spend less money, work out more often or just spend more quality time with family/friends?  Yes, those are some of the more popular resolutions you hear year after year in January, but did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions?  For that reason alone, how about you take a different approach to starting off the year on the right foot, so that you can beat those odds and meet your goals?  
 
Keep it Simple
Yes, everyone has a wish list of things they want to do, but try to keep goals simple and realistic.  You want to lose weight?  Well, instead of aiming for 20 or 50 pounds from the get-go and getting frustrated when you don’t lose it quick enough, set a more realistic goal such as trying to lose 1-2 pounds a week.  As you make progress, you can always re-evalulate and set new goals. 
 
Ditch the Fads
Anything that sounds too good to be true, probably is!  If something promises significant weight loss or muscle gain with minimal effort or lifestyle change in a short period of time, then think twice before trying it out!  In addition, not only can some of those fad diets be expensive, but they can be downright dangerous to your health depleting your body of important vitamins and minerals, making you fatigued and more susceptible to illness. 
 
Seek out Expert Advice
Maybe you just need that little push or encouragement to get on track, so why not reach out to an expert in that area whether it is a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Personal Organizer or Financial Advisor.  Not ready to dish out the money to hire one of these experts just yet?  Then, you could always link up with a buddy (or even a virtual buddy) to help you stay on track.  This could be done in-person or via a phone-call, email or text message to hold you accountable to sticking with your plan in order to make the changes.     
 
Think Sustainable
Regardless of what you may want to change or improve in your life, make sure it is something that you can do for the long haul.  Yes, losing weight may make you feel better (which is a great perk), but then also think of the additional beneficial long-term outcomes.  Maybe for you, it is less joint pain, better night’s sleep, lower blood pressure or just having increased energy in order for you to spend more time with your family/friends or chasing after your little ones in the backyard.  Either way, small changes can lead up to big improvements overtime!

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