Like many things in life, New Year's resolutions are easy to make—and easy to break. Follow these strategies to make your goals last.
1. Keep it real. If you've been a couch potato for years, it's unlikely you'll morph into a bodybuilder after the ball drops. Instead, set your sights on hitting the gym a few times a week.
2. Put yourself on notice. You shouldn’t wait until the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve to declare your resolutions. Instead, make them at least a week in advance so you'll have time to plan.
3. Break it down. When resolutions seem overwhelming, they’re harder to keep. So, instead of vowing to shed 30 pounds, break it down into more manageable mini-goals of five pounds a month.
4. Talk about it. When friends, family, and coworkers are aware that you've resolved to eat more healthfully, they'll be less likely to stop by with a Big Mac and large fries.
5. Reward yourself. If you've managed to swear off cigarettes for a month, you may not be completely out of the woods, but there's certainly cause to celebrate. Acknowledge your success with healthy rewards, like a day at the spa.
If you haven't made your resolutions yet, don't worry—there's still time..... well you do have until midnight.