- Make your resolutions public. Share them with one or more people so they can help you stay on track. If you let your friends and family in on your dream, you can use their support to help you make it a reality. Your family will also know why you don't want to bake brownies and why you are eating fruit and veggies instead of cheese and crackers!
- Write down your resolution-but don't stop there: Also include the steps you will take to keep it. According to Laura Hess, a Nevada-based personal and business coach, having a clearly articulated goal and a plan of action is vital for success. Writing it down also means you take ownership of your goals.
- Keep things simple. Break a big goal into a series of smaller goals. Want to lose 50 pounds? Shoot for losing 5 percent of your body weight first, or set five 10-pound incremental weight-loss goals. Being able to zip the pants you wore before Thanksgiving is a great goal too!
- Mark your achievements. Each time you make a small lifestyle change aimed at reaching your goal — adding five minutes to your daily walk, for instance — put a star on your calendar so you can see your progress.
- Make small changes. If weight loss or a healthier lifestyle is your goal, put a bowl of fruit or vegetable pieces front and center in the fridge, and hide the cookie jar behind the oatmeal. (Better yet, make sure the cookie jar is empty!) Stash away your car keys for a weekend and challenge yourself to walk wherever you need to go. Lose the deep-fat fryer, too, and steam, bake or microwave your food.
I like number 5 as a start to a New Year's resolution. What small change can, and will you make starting today? One of the first things I did when I joined WW was to eat breakfast. How about walking to pick up your mail? Drinking more water? Buying more fruits and veggies
Don't set yourself up for failure or deprivation. Small, achievable, realistic goals are your best bet.