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Tips to Making New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

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Tips to Making New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

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It’s that time of the year again – the New Year is right around the corner and many of us are in the process of deciding what our resolutions will be. Whether you are looking to lose 10 pounds, eat healthier, build muscle, quit smoking, or cut back on alcohol, it’s important to choose wisely and vow to stay on track regardless of anything that comes in your way.

Start with small changes

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“Make smaller resolutions that will help you reach a larger goal. For instance, instead of saying, ‘I resolve to lose 10 pounds this year,’ resolve to keep a food journal and eat more fruits and vegetables,” Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, NJ, says. “Those actions are more targeted to helping you have healthier food habits, which may help you reach and maintain a weight-loss goal.”

Anticipate problems

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While considering your resolution, it’s important to anticipate problems. Make a list of possible issues that may get in the way of sticking to your goal. This way you have identified the problems that may arise and you can work through them and cope with them easier.

Keep healthy food in sight

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“Resolving to eat more fruits and veggies in the new year? Research shows that if foods like fruit are visible on the countertop, you may be more likely to reach for those,” Gorin says. “I like to use a pretty pie stand to display Halos, which are seedless mandarin oranges that are an excellent source of vitamin C and only about 50 calories each.”

Consider your obstacles

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Gorin says that “it’s easy enough to say that you resolve to be less stressed, be healthier, or be more fit next year. But what’s kept you from reaching those goals in the past?” Maybe you need to invest in a grocery delivery service or you need some help watching your kids so you can fit in more workouts. Whatever it may be “determine roadblocks to your goals, as well as possible solutions,” she says.

Make your resolutions enjoyable

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“Think about steps that can help you reach your goals,” Gorin says. “Resolving to drink more water but not a huge water fan? Add some flavor to your water with some 100 percent fruit juice.” Gorin’s favorite for adding flavor to water or sparkling water is POM 100% Pomegranate Juice. It “provides a sweet and tart flavor with no added sugar. The juice gets its ruby red color from polyphenols,” she says.

Ask for help

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“Accountability can help you reach your goals,” Gorin explains. “Whether it’s asking a friend to be your gym buddy, asking your significant other to help you cook healthy meals and keep less junk food in the house, or seeking the help of a dietitian, personal trainer, or other health expert, the accountability of having another person involved in your goal may help you reach it.”

Embrace convenience

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You don’t have to make everything from scratch! “Whether your resolution involves eating healthier snacks or getting more protein, there are ready-to-eat products that help you accomplish these goals,” Gorin says. “For example, I’m a big fan of Chobani Drink, a Greek yogurt beverage made with low-fat yogurt, fruits, and veggies that offers 14 grams of protein per 10-ounce serving, providing 28 percent of the daily value.” She often has this as a snack.

Have healthy ingredients ready

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A kitchen stocked with healthy food can help you meet your health goals, such as eating breakfast. It helps to keep a supply of healthy ingredients on hand, such as frozen fruit, nut butter, and kefir,” Gorin says. “I like to make a smoothie bowl (such as my Berry Pistachio Crunch Smoothie Bowl) using frozen wild blueberries, which are loaded with more antioxidants than 20 other fruits and veggies, including raspberries and cranberries.” She also enjoys adding in kefir and using chia seeds and nuts as toppings, in addition to wild blueberries.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

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“Beating yourself up with negative self-talk won’t help you keep your resolutions,” says Gorin. “If you overdid it on dessert or skipped a workout, don’t beat yourself up. A slip-up here or there won’t derail your goal.” But make sure that you go back to your healthy habits right away so that you don’t use the slip-up as an excuse to keep veering off track, she adds.

Keep track of your progress

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One of the best ways to stick to your resolutions is by keeping track of your progress. This means keeping a journal that tracks your workouts, food consumption and goals. It’s a great form of motivation and encouragement. Once you start seeing results, you will find that you are more driven toward accomplishing your goals.

Be prepared at the office

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“Stock a drawer with healthy snacks so you’re less tempted to run to the vending machine or overdo it on office doughnuts,” Gorin says. “One of my favorite snacks to keep on hand is a 100-calorie pack of Wonderful Pistachios, which provide a trio of fiber, protein, and good fats to help keep you fuller for longer.”

Celebrate your successes

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“Have you successfully trained for and completed a 5K race, or more or less swapped fruit for ice cream for dessert? Treat yourself to something—say, a manicure or that new coffeemaker you’ve been wanting,” Gorin says.

Always think positive

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It’s important to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones in order to make a new year’s resolution you will actually keep. Positive thinking is key to reaching your goals. According to Mayo Clinic, the health benefits of positive thinking include lower levels of distress, increased life span, lower rates of depression, and better psychological and physical well-being.