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The Rap On New Year's Resolutions

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Okay, the rap on New Year's resolutions is most fizzle before they get off the ground. Studies show that 25 percent of resolutions bite the dust within a week and one half disappear within six months. But there's still hope for the millions of determined souls who dare go down that wobbly road.

Make a resolution that you can keep. Meaning don't resolve to lose 50 pounds in a week or quit smoking 'cold turkey' after 30 years. On average most smokers take seven to ten tries before they kick the smoking habit. You know the difficult odds on weight loss.

Be realistic. Avoid extremes or absolutes such as I will never eat chocolate again. Such resolutions merely set you up for failure. Here are some tips to help you maximize your chances for success. Make sure your resolution is theoretically possible and the outcome is largely in your control. Stick to one or two resolutions.

Only make resolutions that you are strongly motivated to keep. Ask yourself 'Am I realistically prepared to do this? Get in touch with your willpower. A lack of willpower is one of the most common reasons people give for reneging on a resolution.

Rather than dump chocolate choose to take a cooking class. Chances are you'll get a better appreciation for chocolate's nutritional value. If you are hopelessly addicted to Mac and Cheese or greens laced with fatback resolve to preparing them healthier. Don't dump the greens and Mac...substitute smoked turkey and low fat cheese.

The key is, a resolution should not be punishment. Make it fun. Keep track of your progress. If you get derailed get back in the game quickly. In other words, if at first you don't succeed, the rap is, resolve, resolve, resolve again.

Happy New Year!

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