Resolution #1: Keep Your 2010 Resolutions
Making New Year's resolutions is easy. Keeping them is the hard part. Here are some timely tips to help you stay on target in 2010:

  • Be real. Select one or two achievable goals such as " lose weight by May" or "stop eating after 7 p.m." or "quit smoking".

  • Plan ahead. If you have a weight loss goal, already have the program and methods you are going to use in place and maybe already underway.

  • Break it down. If want to lose 20 pounds for your class reunion, figure out how many pounds you need to lose each week to hit that goal. Or, if you want to run a 10k, research the appropriate distances you'll need to reach leading up to the big race.

  • Blab it around. Tell family and friends your resolution so you'll feel accountable and maybe get some positive feedback.

  • Find a buddy. Team up with someone that has your goal. Together you can work on the resolution, complain, commiserate, push and pat each other on the back.

  • Keep a journal. Write down your plan and keep a tally of your progress. Writing about small victories keeps you on track to win the war. A food diary is especially helpful with weight control resolutions.

  • Don't beat yourself up. Do your best every day and if you slip, forget it and jump right back on the path to your goal.

  • Stick to it. It takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit. Give it six months and it becomes a part of your life.

  • Reward yourself. Give yourself weekly and monthly "atta girl or guy" gifts as you accomplish your short-term goals. Post images of your rewards-to-come on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator as motivation. Hint: if you are working on weight loss, food isn't an appropriate reward.

  • Keep trying. View each day is a new opportunity to get closer to your goal.