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The Resolution Solution: 7 Goals You Can Meet This Year

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Our New Year's peeve? Weight-loss and fitness pledges so hard-core that even Jillian Michaels couldn't keep them. This year, try these surprisingly simple, healthy changes and reap megaresults.

How to Set Goals You Can Meet

It's that time of year again. Time to vow that you'll never miss another workout, always eat healthy, save a mountain of money, and lose every single pound you've gained since you were 15. In other words, it's time to make gigantic, far-reaching resolutions that you suspect (and rightly so) are destined to fail, just as they did last year, and the year before that.

Here's a better way: Ease into 2011 with a reality check. "The smaller and more exact the actions involved in achieving your resolutions, the greater the chance that you will actually see them through and reach the goal," says Keri Gans, RD, author of the forthcoming book The Small Change Diet. Your path to better health starts with these seven easy changes that you can truly achieve. Let's ring in a happy new you!

I resolve to...dress for fitness success.

Maybe Stacy and Clinton are on to something on their show What Not to Wear when they tell bedraggled, sweats-clad ragamuffins that they'll feel better about themselves once they step up their style. "Wearing clothes that you feel good in can boost your body image, simply because you like your new look," says psychologist and fitness instructor Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. Despite what you may think, covering up the parts you're trying to whittle down isn't doing your self-esteem any favors. "Baggy clothes can actually perpetuate low body image," Lombardo adds. So kick-start your motivation with retail therapy. You'll be in style -- and in the mood to work out -- in figure-flattering black yoga pants, a bright fitted tank or tee, and a cute patterned headband.


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marcellinaf wrote:

Not my style...

2/26/2014 11:04:07 AM Report Abuse
safiahmad71 wrote:

I would love to eat more fish!

2/9/2014 12:03:33 AM Report Abuse
resmayo wrote:

Not my style. Norma

1/11/2014 05:27:06 AM Report Abuse
cynthia_brown wrote:

Disappointing that Fitness needs to recycle an article from 2011. Writer's Block?

1/7/2014 06:39:39 AM Report Abuse
franlannom1 wrote:

I would love to eat more fish! Seafood is an all-time favorite, BUT I'm not especially interested in glowing in the dark! Not only has radiation from Fukushima reached our shores, a huge amount of seafood eaten in America is imported.

1/5/2014 02:27:58 PM Report Abuse

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