Resolution Success

Over a month into 2006, many of you may have already abandoned this year's resolutions. Some of you may not have been completely committed to change; others have been tempted by fate. Whatever the reason, it's not too late to resume those well-intentioned diet plans.

The truth is that none of us can follow all the rules all the time! Diets can be difficult to follow over the long term, which is why your overall goal should be a lifestyle change rather than a crash diet. As you attempt to make up for lost time, the following tips should help in your success.

  • Make a plan for long-term change that includes small, realistic changes that you can live with.

  • Don't try to change everything at once. You may feel it is the only way to accomplish lofty goals, but trying too much too soon sets you up for failure.

  • Write down your goal or share it with a friend. Plans you commit to writing or share with someone supportive are more likely to be followed -- and successful.

  • Remember, it's okay to make a mistake. One indulgence today doesn't mean you've abandoned all your hard work so far. You can resume making lifestyle changes tomorrow!