MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- How many times do you make a New Year's resolution, stick to it -- at least until February -- then, slowly, find yourself right back where you started?
It's not uncommon for our resolutions to go by the wayside, said Benna Strober , a licensed psychologist and Mount Kisco resident. Hopefully, the following tips can help you avoid this vicious cycle.
Her ideas for a great 2015:
- Set Realistic and Attainable Goals . Did you resolve to lose 20 pounds in the next two months? Promise yourself you'll go to the gym six to seven days per week? A better idea is to break down your goals in a realistic manner so that you not only reach them, but you also reap the benefits from reaching the smaller, attainable goals (i.e lose one to two pounds per week for the next six months or work out three to four times per week to start).
- Prepare For Setbacks . You are your own worst enemy and it’s time to put down the bat and stop beating yourself up. If you had a few nights out for a birthday or holiday celebration and don’t lose those last five pounds or, even worse, gained a few pounds, give yourself a break. Nobody’s perfect and losing weight is not easy for everyone. If you are prepared for minor setbacks it will make you better prepared to get yourself back on track.
- Ask For Help. Realize you don't have to do this alone. Research shows those with support from others are more likely to succeed at accomplishing a goal than those who feel alone. Support groups are available for many of the behaviors most people seek to change (i.e. quitting smoking, weight loss.) If you're not interested in that level of support, plan to work out with a friend or talk to loved ones about any difficulties you might be experiencing.
- Choose One Behavior at a Time. Don't feel you have to stop all unhealthy behaviors all at once. That is a sure-fire way of setting yourself up for failure, and the goal here is to succeed.
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