The start of a new year is a great time to reflect upon accomplishments and challenges from the past year. In doing so, we instinctively look to the coming year to "clean up" those unfinished goals we might still be working on. This can be a very constructive process, and should be fully embraced with all the emotions that rock the boat this time of year. However, one should be aware of some of the pitfalls that surface around this time.
1. Envision yourself at this same time a year from now. Avoid short-term goals that don't include a long-term vision for your future of life-long self-enrichment.
2. Be conservative and consistent in your planning. Losing 20 lbs. in a month isn't very realistic. Exercise coupled with a sound eating strategy will generally shed 1-2 lbs. a week.
3. Use group engagement like coworker weight-loss plans/contests with a sense of caution. These can be very motivational, however list your own short-term goals and long-term plans separately from others' programs. January can be filled with zealous starters that fall off in February, and you don't want to be grouped with them!
4. Avoid starting a plan that someone else wants to start. Investigate what plan would work best for you and your goals. Consider time commitment and interest level when selecting your program.
Embark on your goals because you want to do it for yourself and no one else. Only you can make your goals your reality. Plan a course, and take that step!