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1/02/06

New Year's Resolutions Don't Always Stick

It's one thing to say you're going to hit the gym, exercise and lose weight. But it's another thing to actually stick to the plan.

Some people quit, which is what Katie Britt, the coordinator for the Candler Center for Well-Being, sees more often than not. "It's about a month later. People just stop going after their goals. They set them, they think they're important, and then they just kind of lose interest."

After a few days of working out people are sore, tired, and or bored. They don't see results right away and end up giving up all together. But health officials say it takes three months to make a habit.

Katie said their goal should be to start small. "Short-term goals are so important. They're a stepping stone, something that's attainable," Katie explained. "Don't go out and say, 'I'm going to walk five miles today.' Just say, 'I'm going to walk around the block.'"

And don't go by yourself. Sixty-year-old Robert Hecker's year-long goal is to stay in shape. He goes to the gym five times a week and has others to help him stay on track.

"I have help here a the Wellness Center. I have a personal trainer that helps me out once a week. So I have a lot of support when I come in," said Robert.

But you don't have to get a personal trainer. Even a friend can keep you accountable for whatever goal you set, no matter how small.

"If you have somebody, you're going to stick with it a lot more. Because if you say you don't feel like doing it, they'll encourage you," said Katie.

Katie also said to keep a journal of your goals, tracking all your progress, successes, and failures. When you reach a small goal, treat yourself as a reward for all your hard work.

And remember, you're not going to see results right away. So don't get discouraged, just keep at it. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor or a trainer.

Reported By: Melanie A. Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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