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Keep the New Year Momentum Going

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-- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer
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As you meet your goals, don’t forget to record and reward. Recording your daily successes— as simple as placing a checkmark on your calendar every time you work out—can be tremendously motivating. A row of checkmarks not only shows progress, it balances out the one or two days you didn’t get there, giving you the bigger picture and the drive to push on. And "recording" should lead to "rewarding,"--finding small ways to celebrate your success—telling friends, buying a small item to pamper yourself, or giving yourself time to do something you don’t normally get to do.

Finally, recognize that, even with realistic goals, you won’t always succeed. Giving yourself permission to fail occasionally helps eliminate the excuse to throw up your hands and quit. For example, most of us overeat at one time or another, but when it’s over, do we begin again or give up? It’s what we do afterwards that dictates whether our fall is a momentary lapse or the beginning of the end.

Success is a year-round choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you.

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Rebecca Pratt Rebecca Pratt
A freelance writer who contributes to various newspapers and magazines, Becky loves covering ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Member Comments

  • Great article. - 8/16/2013 6:44:02 PM
  • Great motivating article, I am done giving up and beating my self up! Rewarding is the key to my success :D - 1/23/2013 4:35:10 PM
  • AFTER A LIFETIME OF YO YO DIETING AND SABOTAGING AT A POINT WHERE I AM LOOSING AND FEELING PLEASED, I DECIDED TO SET FORTH ONE GOAL PER MONTH AND SO FAR IT IS WORKING..... I AM DIETING ONE DAY ONLY AND IT IS THE PRESENT DAY SO MY FOCUS IS ONLY ON TODAY, TOMORROW IS TOO FAR AWAY. I WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW THIS NEW REVELATION OF MINE IS WORKING BY MONTHS END. WISH ME LUCK. - 1/23/2013 4:02:59 PM
  • I prefer to layer on good habits, one per week or every couple of days, that way I don't feel overwhelmed and I don't quit all of them at once. They aren't associated with each other.

    Case in point: I just made a discovery: I can't buy those adorable little 'mini cones' from Trader Joe's. I eat the whole box, one cone at a time. Its not a good habit to be in. But, guess what thats just one habit I need to change, not all of my good eating or exercising habits. Just one.

    I'm still logging my food, aiming for extra veggies, and exercising before breakfast. I forget which self help book it was that said if you add habits all at once that you are more likely to drop them all at the same time. - 1/23/2013 12:01:20 PM
  • Great reminder to own our goals and go easy on the implementation. Great timing for all of us struggling with new year resolution slow-downs. Thank you. - 1/23/2013 9:20:03 AM
  • Loved it! Just the lift I needed today. Thanks! - 4/19/2011 10:29:15 AM
  • I'm echoing what everyone else is saying and probably don't need to leave a comment but wanted to because it (the article) really WAS needed today! It made me look at not only my activity goal (which goes from being too lofty to non-existent) as well as some other things I had taken on that I probably shouldn't have! Time to re-evaluate and keep on a goin'!
    Thanks! - 4/13/2011 9:21:18 AM
  • Really good article! - 3/15/2011 9:23:32 AM
  • Wow, what a great article!
    As I get closer and closer to my goal I need to develop a good strategy to maintain and this article provides excellent points that I will certainly use. Thank you! - 10/22/2010 1:42:37 PM
  • LOISEM
    This article and everything in todays email is what I needed for now. I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic about 6 months ago and with each day, I am discovering that I must take everything about this disease and my adherence one day at a time. Some days, it is even one hour at a time. I have done really well with diet, exercise and weight loss until the past few weeks. My body is getting settled in at the lower numbers my sugar should be and some days, it is difficult to figure out what and when to eat and exercise to stay at a happy medium without going too high or getting too low. Even the scales have not been my friend this week. I was beginning to feel discouraged. Today's email and every article and even comments from others has been very uplifting. Thank you everyone for being at the right place at the right time for me. - 10/22/2010 1:14:24 PM
  • MIGHTYN3
    I have to say this article was a lifesaver today & came at a much needed time. Very inspiring! - 10/22/2010 1:03:49 PM
  • Needed to hear this today. The unrealistic expectations of instantanious results leave you discoouraged and unfullfilled it is much better to work for it slowly and joyfully. Thanks - 9/27/2010 8:10:01 AM
  • MTMARE
    I have been "checking "my weight a little too much,after weighing today and being "up" 2 tenths of a pound, I was feeling discouraged. This article help put it in perspective. Thanks. The one step back, two steps forward often works with the scale, too. Only I geuss that would be one step up, two steps down. I know if I stick with it, it will work. - 5/20/2010 10:52:20 AM
  • This article is very encouraging. We have to remind ourselves we are only human. And changing bad habits to good takes a little time. Thankyou. - 2/3/2009 9:49:48 PM
  • I needed this article tonight. I didnt get the exercise in last week that I wanted and I'm feeling a little discouraged. I have to remember that I need to be in this for the long haul. Pick up and start again. - 2/3/2009 9:16:34 PM