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Setting realistic resolutions for your body in 2015


While New Year's resolutions can sometimes get a bad rap for being too lofty, research does suggest that coming up with a set goal can help you stick to it.

The key, however, according to John C. Corcross, author of "Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals And Resolutions," is to make a smart and sustainable resolution that can increase your quality of life.

Here are a few ways to set realistic resolutions about your body, your weight or your eating habits in 2015.

1. Focus on health.

Resolutions shouldn't be made from a place of self-hatred - instead, focus on goals that will support your total health in both mind and body. Goals that are punishing in nature probably won't work.

2. Set realistic milestones.

Based on what you have achieved in the past, develop some realistic milestones you hope to achieve at set points throughout the year. This strategy not only helps you break down your resolution into manageable "chunks," but it also forces you to check in with yourself at regular intervals throughout the year.

3. Allow for setbacks.

Plan for failure as part of your resolution. Expecting that you might slip up every now and then is a good thing, because it will allow you to be less critical of yourself when those mistakes are inevitably made or when progress stalls.

4. Move at your own pace but keep moving.

The goal for a resolution shouldn't necessarily have a time frame. Just commit to the idea of daily (or weekly, monthly, etc.) progress. Know that it's OK to go slow but don't allow things to come to a halt entirely. Any forward movement is good movement.

5. Be accountable.

Goals can often be reached far more quickly when you are accountable for them. Share your resolution with a trusted friend or loved one - preferably someone who is likely to both support you and encourage you when you need it.

Source: Huffington Post