New Year, New Goals ...

Happy New Year!  This time of year, all of the diet books go on sale, and many of the magazines feature amazing success stories about people who have lost "1/2 their size."  While this is a great time to recommit yourself to diet and exercise, it is important you keep a couple of things in mind, such as:

if you are setting goals, remember the SMART acronym: goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

Rome wasn't built in a day; your new body won't be either.

Don't commit yourself to doing something drastic.  While this goes along with SMART goal setting, it is important to remember few people can go from not exercising at all to exercising 6 days a week for an hour.  It's all about baby steps.

There really is no magic weight loss formula.  Eat less, move more and weight will come off (albeit it slowly).

While having a weight loss goal can be a great way to stay motivated, once you reach your magic number, don't give up the new diet and exercise habits that got you there.

Experts believe it takes a month to form a new habit.  I like to give myself five weeks, just in case the month is too short, but if you can stick with something for 28 days, chances are you can make it a regular part of your life.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011,

Jennifer Pilotti