Take 5: 5 tips for getting back on track with New Year's resolutions

Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Susan Addis is a licensed psychologist and motivational speaker with a Newberry Road practice.



1. Be realisticMake sure that any goal you have set for yourself is something that is realistic. For example, setting a goal of losing 25 pounds in two months is not likely to happen. One to 2 pounds a week is more reasonable and most likely to allow you to keep the weight off.

2. Put it on paperWrite down the steps you need to take to accomplish your goal. Keeping with the goal of weight loss, you obviously need to watch what you eat and incorporate exercise in your plan. If your resolution is to get a different job, match your skills, training and abilities when looking at possibilities.

3. Ask for guidance - Get some help if needed to assist you in reaching your goal. Talk to trusted friends or family members to help you figure out how to accomplish your goals. Talk to professionals, including therapists or those who have done what you want to do. If your goal is to lose weight, seek out nutritionists and exercise specialists to set up a program that is right for you.

4. Get a buddy - Try to find someone who can encourage you along the way with whatever goal you have set for yourself. If it's weight loss, find a buddy with whom you can work out. Try to find a group to attend whose members can help keep you accountable, while encouraging you along the way. Whatever the goal is, a friend or family member can be your cheerleader and build you up if you get discouraged.

5. Don't be self-critical - Most of all, try not to be too hard on yourself. If you are finding it hard to achieve the goals you have set, reassess them and change them if needed.

- Compiled by Laura Wright

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