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As the year comes to a close we all are looking forward to a fresh new year and for some new beginnings. Let’s face it most of us would love to shed a few pounds or just be more healthy etc… We all have some form of our own “kryptonite”. Mine is chocolate chip cookies. I swear I can hear them calling my name from my kitchen pantry.

I thought it may be helpful to offer a few tips to keep you on track.

1. Set smaller goals and chunk them into smaller steps. Goals and projects can look daunting, when you look at how far of a journey you have to make. Set a short goal a day to accomplish one step closer. If you can’t do it that day, don’t beat yourself up. A new day is a awaiting to try it again. Yesterday is gone. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

2. Be positive.
It’s easy to be positive while you just realized your intention to eat just one small cookie just turned into four. Stay focused on the real reason you want to eat healthy. One would be to look good in a bathing suit, another may be seeing old friends in a few weeks or wanting to fit in a pair of my old jeans.

3. Examine deeper motivations behind the reason you got here in the first place. What was the real payoff for eating those cookies? Was it because I was bored, upset, stressed or just hungry? Examine how you react with food etc and when are you most prone to resort to that self defeating behavior.

4. Stay focused on your goal. Even if you have to hang up your favorite red dress you loved a year ago you would like to wear again. Take a picture of if and tape it to your refrigerator, in your purse or on your wallet etc to keep your eye on the prize.

5. Find a friend who has the same goal and partner together to hit your goals. Review together what worked and what were obstacles that hinder your ability to get there. If you fall down you can help to encourage each other up to hit your next goal.

Please share your tips on how you plan to hit your new goals for the up coming year.