How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

By Alicia Verity, MSPH of

Making a significant, lasting change in behavior is not a simple process. It involves a substantial commitment of your time, effort, and emotion.  Below are some tips to make you successful.

  1. Be careful with absolutes.  If your goal is to quit a serious addiction such as tobacco or alcohol an absolute is necessary.  Your goal should be to never smoke or drink again. However, if your goal is to lose weight, set yourself up with a reasonable goal with incremental sub-goals.  If you enjoy chocolate, don’t expect that you will never taste chocolate again; it is better to accommodate a small portion in your restricted calorie intake and savor it.

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