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How to prep for your new year's resolutions
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Whether you want to eat healthier, exercise more, get out of debt, or just enjoy more time with family in 2014, there are ways to spend the last few days of this year getting ready to make it happen.

Licensed counselor Joseph Wolstencroft from Macon says, "Several years ago there was a study done about Olympic athletes to see what was different about their lives than the lives of other athletes. One of the number one issues for these athletes was writing down their goals. You have to write down your goals. Every day they looked at those goals. They kept it in front of them."

Alli Kerr, owner of The Pink Physique in Macon, says it's important to make them realistic.

"Set small goals," says Kerr. "I like to use the scale of one to 10 with my clients, 10 being 'I'm absolutely positive I can reach this goal because it's super easy' or one being 'there's no way I'm going to reach this goal.' I want clients to be at a seven or eight on that sureness scale."

And public accountant Chris Edwards says the same goes for your finance goals, like paying off your credit cards.

"Include in your budget a reduction scheme, a reduction plan, for reducing those balances. You know you're going to pay your light bill and your water bill. You need to plan to reduce your credit balances too and limit spending on the credit cards," says Edwards.

Wolstencroft says it's also important to have a long-term plan.

He says, "We can make a lifestyle change, and a lifestyle change is where we make a goal that's open-ended, 'I want to live my life in such a way that I learn how to eat in a healthy way.'"

He also recommends making sure you have everything you need to hit the ground running on Jan. 1. That could be anything from budget software to exercise equipment, and something or someone to hold you accountable.

"I would say a good friend that will keep that person accountable. You stress what you're trying to do, that you're trying to make these lifestyle changes. You want this to be a regular part of your life. You might even find that person will be a buddy system for you as well," says Wolstencroft.

After doing all of that, Kerr says it's important not to let mistakes or setbacks keep you from achieving your goal.

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