How you can stick to your New Years Resolutions

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - It's not too late to make a New Years resolution or a even a lifestyle change in any facet of your life. But, sticking to it and actually accomplishing those goals can be tricky.

The key is to asking yourself why you want to make the behavior change. If your plan is to lose weight, why do you want to do that?

Get to the root of your goals.

For example, some just want to be able to play with their kids or grand kids on the floor without their knees hurting. That is their motivation for wanting to get healthier or lose weight.

You also want to dial your goal back to make sure it's attainable.

If you're hoping to add more water to your diet, try an extra eight ounce glass three days a week. Once you achieve that, you can expand upon it and add even more to your regiment.

It's important that goals are realistic, specific, measurable and time bound.

"Like in three to five years, what do I really want for myself if I could choose anything and then bringing that to life and really defining it? Not just, I want to be rich but really defining it like, you know, I'd like to be working part time and be volunteering the rest of my time," said Jody Thiel, a health coach. "Or, whatever that would be for you and then figuring out something that resonates with you, so maybe that's writing it out and posting it on a wall, or maybe it's having a picture that reminds you of what you're wanting for yourself that's on your fridge."

The more you can track a behavior, the more likely you are to achieve goals that are set.

A good thing to keep in mind is that wellness is all encompassing, it's not just physical but also mental, spiritual, emotional and social.

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