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Health officials say realistic goals help reach New Year’s goals



Four days into the year and many are hitting the gym to make sure they keep their New Year's resolutions.

"If we're making healthier choices we're going to feel better, we're going to look better and have more energy," said Amy McLeod, Registered Dietician, Brookshire Brothers.

But for many the momentum they gain after the start of the New Year dwindles before January is over.

Registered dietician Amy McLeod suggests making a list of the most important things you'd like to improve on health wise in the New Year.

"Just keep it simple I think most people they have really excessive ideas maybe they're going to lose 50 pounds and it gets to be too overwhelming and that is why they are never successful," said McLeod.

 Trainer Amanda skinner says keeping a resolution is about committing to being healthier and becoming happier with your body.

"Instead of hey I'm going to lose 10 pounds, hey I'm going to live a healthier lifestyle," said Skinner.

Skinner is nine months pregnant and is expecting her third child in 11 days and she says she's hitting the gym harder than ever this year.

"After this baby is born its back to the grindstone, one of my goals is to run Tough Mudder in April," said Skinner.

 Dieticians say with too many goals you're likely to throw in the towel but with a few realistic goals you're more likely to be successful.

"If you can make one or two major changes in your lifestyle that will improve your health you can look back on it the next year and say that's one thing that I did," said McLeod.

"If it takes a New Year's resolution to do that by all means make a resolution do that by all means make a resolution get out there and start," said Skinner.

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