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When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, or any goal, don't wait for motivation before you begin working towards it. Many think to themselves that they'll start working out when they are well rested and have the energy. It doesn't work that way, start working out first even if it's just 10 minutes, and as you see the results you're motivation will come.

Another trick for keeping your New Year's Resolution, find an alternative behavior to those that you wish to change. Do you smoke to relax? What else can you do to relax you? Do you eat when you're bored? What else can you do when you're bored instead?

Another way to make your New Year's Resolution seem more achievable is to break one big goal into smaller ones. Saying you want to lose 50 pounds sounds like quite the daunting task... how about focusing on losing a pound a week? Sounds a lot more manageable doesn't it?

Want to keep your New Year's Resolution this year? Make a plan! Rather than just picking a resolution, decide how you're going to achieve it. Instead of just saying "I'm going to keep my place cleaner" decide how you're going to do that; "I'm going to wash dishes right after every meal instead of letting them pile up, I'm going to do a quick tidy every night before I go to bed etc."

Describing your New Year's Resolution in positive terms has a great effect on how likely you are to accomplish it. You'd be surprised that something as simple as saying "I want to quit smoking" as opposed to "I don't want to smoke anymore" can actually make a difference.

Be specific with your New Year's Resolution. Setting a specific, measurable goal will help you to better achieve your desired results. Rather than saying you want to lose weight, say that you want to lose a certain number of pounds or inches, by a certain date and outline how you plan on doing that. Remember to be realistic.

When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, or setting any goal for that matter, remember to be realistic. Rather than telling yourself that you're going to go from not exercising at all to working out for 3 hours a day, 7 days a week; work up to that. Start with a half hour 3 times a week and build on that.

Trouble sticking to your New Year's Resolutions? Be sure to choose a resolution that is meaningful to you; something that you really want to accomplish, rather than something that your family or society tells you to do.

Most sources say it takes 3-4 weeks to break a habit. Keep this in mind when trying to change eating, health or exercise habits. Pick a date 3 weeks to a month down the road that you want to have the habit completely changed by, then gradually work toward this: gradually increase your exercise, gradually decrease the number of cigarettes etc.

Often times when the body begins to get dehydrated people will experience hunger sensations rather than feeling thirsty. This is a good thing to keep in mind especially if you are trying to lose weight.

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