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How To Make Better Resolutions

Making a list of resolutions for the New Year is fine... as long as you’ve got the iron will to keep them all. Instead of making a big deal of announcing major changes and then dumping the whole thing after two weeks, here’s how to really get on the path to success!

1. Do not pin all your hopes of changing on New Year’s Day.

So you want to eat better? Don’t think the stroke of midnight will magically spell the end of excess! In fact, the prospect of having to deny yourself after the New Year will make treats all the more tempting in December. So start putting your life choices into practice early.

2. Be SMART about it.

Remember: for a resolution to become a good habit, you need a goal that’s specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. For example, you could choose to take a 15-minute walk around your neighbourhood after lunch.

Choosing a small goal to start with will also encourage you to keep going. It’ll be easy to go from 15 minutes to 20, then to 30.

In short…

Rome wasn’t built in a day! You’ll build a much stronger foundation of good habits if you go about it one brick at a time.

References:

Heart & Stroke Foundation, “Resolution solution: 5 fitness tips to success”: http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ikIQLcMWJtE&b=4832209&ct=6452367. Accessed January 15, 2015.
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, “Résolutions : 6 trucs qui fonctionnent vraiment”, Sélection.ca: http://selection.readersdigest.ca/sante/vivre-sainement/resolutions-du-nouvel-6-trucs-pour-les-tenir/page/0,1/. Accessed January 15, 2015.
Also based on:
Roche, “Holiday Meals Worth A Celebration”: http://www.accu-chekdiabeteslink.com/holiday-meals-worth-a-celebration.html. Accessed January 15, 2015.

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