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Not to bring down the party spirit, but there are only four more days in this year. Four! That doesn't leave a lot of time to accomplish any of those healthy lifestyle resolutions you made at the beginning of the year and didn't get to. But it does leave you time to think about where you went wrong with last year's and how you can do better this year.

First of all, it's important to make your goals SMART: Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. For example, "I will eat better" is not specific; instead, "I will eat at least 60 grams of protein a day" or "I will have five servings of fruit and vegetables daily" are much more so. Those specific goals are also measurable; you're either meeting them, close to meeting them, or not even close.

"Achievable" means you have a true sense of where you are and how likely you are to make sweeping changes. "I'll run a marathon in March" isn't achievable if you only get off the couch to walk to the refrigerator now. However, running a 5K by March is probably doable. And just like "specific" and "measurable" are paired, so are "achievable" and "realistic." Again, "marathon by March" isn't realistic if you don't exercise now, but if you are consistently running 3 or 4 miles a day, then maybe it is and being ready for the fall marathon season absolutely is.

The final one, "timely" is really important as well, but less of an an issue with New Year's resolutions than other goals since they are time-limited by nature. However, since a year is a pretty long time, it can be helpful to set some checkpoints along the way to make sure you're on track.

What are your New Year's resolutions about healthy eating?

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by on Dec. 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Tracy on Dec. 29, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Be Healthier as a Family!

by Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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That's fantastic! He sounds like my dh!

Quoting michiganmom116:

I've been at this for 3 years.  He'll eat the meals I make, but he has no willpower when he's not home.  I've lost 30 pounds while he's gained 20 but I wasn't about to hold his hand...this had to be his decision.  Last week he told me he wanted to start doing what I was doing.

Quoting mrswillie: After I did my lifestyle change, it took my husband a better year to start eating like I do. Now he eatsis healthy as well.

Quoting michiganmom116:

I'm already a very healthy eater, so I have no resolutions about healthy eating.  My DH, however, has resolved to start eating like I do.

by Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM
I am contacting my life coach the first week in January. We will go from there. I know it will be daily walks, start taking my vitamins every day, and no red meat.:)
by Silver Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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I like this!

Quoting TerriC:

I do not make resolutions, I try to make healthy changes all through the year.

by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Ha ha ha this is me exactly!!

Quoting mrswillie: I don't have any. About 4 years ago I did a lifestyle change. I started exercising daily and eating healthy. I only eat like s*** on the weekends and vacations.
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM
I do not usually make any resolutions!
by Sarah on Dec. 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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Me too

Quoting TerriC:

I do not make resolutions, I try to make healthy changes all through the year.

by on Jan. 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM
I just became a bead body coach. I already eat very healthy but I need to gain some weight and get more toned. Especially if I ever want to get pregnant again. So more healthy fats is a big goal for me as well as total body fitness. :)
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