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THE CHRONICLE, Tuesday, January 8 2013 - 4
A resolution isn't necessarily
WHAT'S YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?
To get fit.
To help in the garden.
To save up for travel.
people to have a fresh
start, to look at the
year gone by, to review
the year and to say,
'now I'm starting fresh
and I'm going to
approach this year
with a plan'.
WHILE the vast majority of
Canberra's new year's resolution-
makers are doomed to fail, that
needn't be the case.
Those annual vows to eat less,
exercise more and to work harder
can be achieved, according to a
Australian Psychological Soci-
ety ACT branch chair Jennifer
new year's resol-
lost their relev-
ance. Rather, she
people to have a
fresh start, to
look at the year
gone by, to review the year and to
say, now I'm starting fresh and
I'm going to approach this year
with a plan'," she said.
"I think you've got to have
goals, you've got to have plans.
Sometimes they don't work out
and sometimes the environment
in which you're operating
changes -- all sorts of things can
occur that means you might need
to modify your plans.
"But you need a goal to begin
with, otherwise what is going to
The Young Women's Nutrition
Survey -- commissioned by the
Dietitians Association of Austra-
lia -- last week revealed that 68
per cent of 18-24 year olds
resolved to eat healthier in 2013
and 42 per cent
were hoping to
The same sur-
vey 12 months
that many young
goals too high -- something many
makers of new year's resolutions
have in common.
Ms Manson said attainable
resolutions should be thoroughly
considered, written down and
potential obstacles should be
"I think for a start it's useful to
have a variety of goals so you can
at least fulfill some, because if
you only have one, you're really
binding yourself to one thing,"
"It's that old don't put all your
eggs in one basket'. It's useful to
look at a variety of areas that you
might want to consider such as
finances, work, family, leisure,
health ... and to pick a goal for
"If you can review them each
month, that's more likely to keep
you on track than if you were to
keep it till the end of the year."
If your resolution hasn't been
completed by the end of 2013, Ms
Manson said you shouldn't beat
"At the end of the year can look
back on what you have achieved
and congratulate yourself on
what you have achieved rather
than punish yourself for what you
haven't," she said.
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