New year, new you; how to keep your resolutions

New year, new you; how to keep your resolutions

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It is likely that you have made a list of resolutions but it is just as likely that you will break those resolutions by the end of the month.

The top resolution is to lose weight. Nearly half the country wants to slim down this year. To actually accomplish that goal, Amanda Ware, a trainer at Cyclebar, said you need to set realistic expectations and goals.

"Sometime we set, even myself, expectations for ourselves where like I'm going to work out every day," Ware said. "Well if you haven't been working out that's a really hard thing to do and then you get frustrated and now I'm just going to give up cause I didn't meet that everyday goal."

She said to start small and then work your way up.

"Start with like every other day and as you get comfortable, hit it everyday," she said. 

The same can be said with eating healthier.

"A lot of people start out with really strict diets and they're great for the first few weeks and then they kind of peter off," said Brenda Duby, a dietitian. "So maybe it's more about making one better change, one better thing to their basket and slow changes rather than just cutting everything out and starting again."

Duby said if you are set on a strict diet, only do it short term then shift your focus toward making small lifestyle changes to your diet.

"Maybe a granola bar instead of a candy bar, flavored waters are a good alternative to some of the soft drinks that may be a choice," she said. "Then learning to pick up a piece of fruit for that sweet tooth and adding a little peanut butter or cheese to help satisfy you."

Ware said do not go at it alone either. Find a friend to hold you accountable and do not get discouraged.

"Don't get disappointed, don't get frustrated, have fun with it," Ware said. "It's just a goal, you can change it at any point but I just wouldn't give up on it. Just don't give up on your goal even if you miss a day, if you didn't do as well as you wanted to, don't get frustrated just keep going after it."

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