It takes time to adapt to lifestyle changes, and being a New Year's Revolutionist—a term coined by Goodman to describe those who try to accomplish all of their goals in January —is an unrealistic way to improve your life. As the old saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day. A healthier you won't be, either. So start slow, expect progress to be gradual, and lead with your strengths. "Generally, there are aspects of your personal lifestyle that are positive and healthy. Those are the ones you should build off of," Goodman says.
Overcome It: To help identify the positive elements in your life, Goodman suggests charting your daily habits—eating, sleeping and exercising—for three days, including one weekend day. From there, circle the habits you want to change, prioritize those changes from most to least important, and then start at the top. Move on to the next habit only after you've conquered the first. "Small steps," Goodman says. "You're in this thing for life."
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