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Making a New Year's resolution you can keep

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As the new year begins, many will start it off with the hope of making a change, but since most resolutions don't last long, YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti has some tips for making one you can keep.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Whether it's working off holiday treats or trying to quit smoking, the end of 2012 will no doubt have people setting goals for themselves in the New Year.

But some don't think the New Year's tradition is worth it.

"90 percent of the time, people don't follow through with resolutions," said Daniel Wiginton of Whitesboro.

Jill Kowalski of Springville said, "If you want to make a change, you're going to make a change no matter what time of year it is."

We spoke with a mental health counselor from Horizon Health Services, who says the key to keeping a resolution is to not aim too high.

"New Year's resolutions should all be based on healthy goals, things that are realistic, that people can achieve so we don't set ourselves up for rejection," said Rick Salada of Horizon Health Services.

Salada says it helps to have a strong support system so you can stay on track.

"Find someone who's also doing the same thing you're doing or has done it, and they could be like a sponsor for you in a lot of healthy ways."

And he says making an unrealistic resolution could leave you in a worse place than where you started.

"A lot of people do a lot of emotional eating or smoking so when they see they're not succeeding, they feel the failure they set themselves up for and they go right back to where they were," said Salada.

People we spoke with say they try to work towards a goal they can reach.

"I try and make the same resolution every year, which is to be less judgmental with people, to try and be nicer and be a better listener," said Nancy Davies of East Amherst.

"I already have a gym membership, I've been going, but hopefully I'm going to be able to diet and eat right. Hopefully I can lose about 15-20 pounds," said Alex Shanahan of Buffalo.

And their resolution advice?

"If you're going to make one, try and stick with it," said Wiginton.

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