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Stick To Your Resolutions

Posted By News Staff On Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 11:00 pm In News | No Comments

USA.govWashington, D.C. – It’s that time of year again, when you look at the scale or your credit card statement and realize it’s time to make some changes in the New Year.

Whether you’re vowing to drop the pounds once and for all, get your debt under control, or finally quit smoking, these tips from USA.gov [1] can help you see your New Year’s Resolutions through to the end.

Start by setting realistic and measurable goals [2]. Creating a budget that’s too restrictive or a diet that doesn’t let you indulge in your favorite foods is setting yourself up for failure. Instead pick a goal that you can measure. If you’re trying to lose weight, make it a simple goal, like walking 15 minutes three times each week. If you’re trying to cut spending, try only getting your morning coffee twice a week instead of everyday. Realistic goals are easier to maintain over time.

If losing weight is your big goal for the New Year, start by creating a sustainable meal plan [3] and workout plan [4] and reward yourself when you meet your goals. Making small changes over the long haul will get you closer to your goal and make it easier to maintain your weight loss.

If you’re resolving to get a better handle on your money this year, the Consumer Action Handbook [5] is the place to find answers to your questions about credit cards, bank accounts, and managing debt. Learn to create a smart money management plan and get a handle on your finances. You can order a free copy or view it online in as a PDF.

If your resolution is to quit smoking, you can find help and support from SmokeFree.gov [6]. You’ll find a step-by-step guide to walk you through the phases of quitting and learn how to create a plan to be successful. You’ll also find support from smoking cessation counselors [7] that you can talk to via instant messaging or a telephone hotline.

No matter what your New Year’s Resolution is, you can start 2012 off on the right foot with this advice from USA.gov. You can also order a free packet of publications [8] where you’ll find more advice on having a healthy and happy New Year.


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