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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

The best way to keep your New Year’s resolutions is to think in terms of changing your lifestyle rather than just one behavior. If you try to change a behavior while continuing the same old lifestyle, you’re not likely to succeed.

Changing lifestyle requires changing many behaviors over a period of time. For example, you won’t be able to start eating less without changing a variety of behaviors that contribute to overeating. You also need to think in terms of goals and break those goals down into small steps.

For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, your focus should not be on losing the weight. You must first develop a new way of eating, choose different foods, learn a new way of shopping and change your relationship with food.  For long-term success, these changes must become your permanent way of life, not a temporary change in behavior.

If you want to improve your health, you’ll want to set a variety of  goals like reducing exposures to environmental toxins,  removing sugar, white flour and caffeine from your diet, eating more vegetables,  healthy fats and protein like that found in the Paleolithic diet.  Identifying hidden food sensitivities, addressing Candida overgrowth, balancing neurotransmitters, getting regular exercise, and restoring balance to the autonomic nervous system.

In another example, if you want to reduce stress in your life, you set goals like practicing yoga weekly, getting more exercise, making time to meditate or relax, taking time to nurture yourself and getting more sleep.

As you incorporate these practices into your life on a regular basis, then your lifestyle changes over time and eventually you achieve your primary goal or resolution.

5 Steps to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Make a plan that identifies your goal and break it down into steps.
  2. Take it slow.
  3. Replace old behaviors with new behaviors.
  4. Congratulate yourself when you achieve a goal.
  5. Get emotional support when needed.

You’re redefining who you are and how you live, which will make it easier to make permanent changes and thus keep your New Year’s Resolutions.  However, this takes time. Change does not happen overnight,  it’s a process, so be kind to yourself and don’t expect too much too quickly.

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  • John Palmer December 29, 2009, 5:48 pm

    One resolution I have made is to keep the house tidy

    To help me accomplish this i will invite people around once a week for a meal

    John

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins December 31, 2009, 12:11 pm

    Hey John, well that’s a very effective way to achieve your goal.

    I personally never make any New Years Resolutions. However for the first time in probably 20 years or so I am doing so this year.

    I am resolving to take more time for myself to rest, relax and nurture. Stress has really caught up with me this year. I’ve already begun my resolution by taking time to meditate, nap, dance, watch more movies this month. I got some new meditation music as a holiday gift, I’ve purchased some extra movie channels on my satellite service and I’m in the process of hiring an assistant, so these things should ensure I continue to honor my resolve.

    :)
    Cynthia

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