To keep from getting discouraged, set yourself up for success with manageable, short-term
goals. Instead of the daunting "lose 50 pounds by summer," start with losing a smaller amount by Valentine's Day.
If you start small and create new goals throughout the year, you'll be more likely to stick with 'em. And to keep motivated,
reward yourself for each goal you hit — new sneakers, that fancy activity monitor — just not a subscription to
the cake-of-the-month club!
Track Your Food
Whether you enter your food into the Weight Watchers tracker,
app or just jot it down on a notepad, the important thing is to keep a log of your food so you know exactly what you’re
consuming on a daily basis. Pick a method, and stick with it... You'll be glad you did.
Don’t Get Caught in a Food Rut
If you're too rigid with your food choices, you're likely to get bored a few weeks into the year. Instead, fill your
diet with a variety of foods to keep things interesting. Try new recipes, and change up the basics with different seasonings
Exercise is a big part of a healthy lifestyle, but forcing yourself to do a workout
you hate is a recipe for disaster. The key to staying active is finding something you enjoy. In the winter, try power walking
around the mall while blasting tunes on your iPod, swimming laps in an indoor pool, finding a local workout class you like
or exercising to a workout DVD in your living room. So many options... No excuses, please!
Lose the All-or-Nothing Attitude
Good health is something you'll want to achieve for the long haul. But every once in a while, we all stray…
We’re only human! And if you have your heart set on perfection, you're more likely to quit entirely after even the smallest
slip-up. So when you splurge, get right back on track with the very next meal or snack. Don't let a bad choice turn into a
bad day, week, or, worse yet, month!