Tips on seeing your New Year's resolutions through

Tips on seeing your New Year's resolutions through

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"I think the healthy way to approach it is to have quarterly goals or re-evaluate every couple months to make sure whatever your goal is you're on track for that," said Dr. John Kupfner. "I think the healthy way to approach it is to have quarterly goals or re-evaluate every couple months to make sure whatever your goal is you're on track for that," said Dr. John Kupfner.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOVILLE (WATE) - We're one week into 2014, so how are those New Year's resolutions coming along? If you've already broken some of them, don't beat yourself up about it.

Four out of five people who make New Year's resolutions will eventually break them. A third of those won't even make it to the end of January.

That's according to a study by time management firm Franklin Covey.

Is your goal to get out of debt, save more money, or lose those extra pounds?

No matter what your resolutions are, Dr. John Kupfner with Covenant Health says your goals should be broken up throughout the year.

"I think the healthy way to approach it is to have quarterly goals or re-evaluate every couple months to make sure whatever your goal is you're on track for that," said Dr. Kupfner.

For example, if you're trying to drop some weight, put some perspective on it.

Commit to a lifestyle change, not the number of pounds to lose.

"Pounds are just what comes in the process. So if you stick to your goal, and you're going to join a fitness center and go three nights a week, you make that part of your lifestyle, then you're able to accomplish that," he said. "If you're just focused on the number of pounds you're going to lose, that you didn't lose last year, it's just setting yourself up for failure in a lot of ways."

Dr. Kupfner also says not to set unrealistic goals.

"Things they've never done their entire life, suddenly they're going to have an entire lifestyle switch to accomplish whatever resolution that was magically over the next year."

Share your goals with family and friends.

"Put them on the refrigerator. If we put them out there, other people will give some checks and balances to make sure you're following through with what you told yourself you were going to do," said the doctor.

Finally, if you blow it, it's okay to start over.  As Dr. Kupfner puts it, January 1 is just a day. You can start a new goal at any time and adjust it if it's just not working. It's important to find something you can accomplish.

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