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How to get started on your New Year's resolutions

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New Year's resolutions mean breaking old habits and starting new ones.

Each year throngs of people decide to get a handle on their health. But thoughts of new diet and exercise plans can be intimidating.

Find a healthy lifestyle to work with, don't try to go all out within the first two weeks or month. Start nice and slow, and just work with it, trying to stay consistent throughout the whole new year," suggests Jeff Nelson, a functional movement coach at CrossFit Providence.

If your hardships lie in your finances the new year might mean you want to spend less and save more.The first step is identifying what you want your money to do for you.

"When somebody comes in new, I ask them what are your goals? What do you think you need to work on?" says CPA Judy Higgins. "Maybe they want to save for retirement, fund children's education."

If you can't stand the thought of a new year filled with your old clutter... start with the space in your home or office that is most negatively affecting your life right now.

"In other words, if when you walk in the door at night, trying to get dinner on the table is a huge hassle because your kitchen's a mess, start in the kitchen," says professional organizer Lisa Griffiths, of the Organized Way.

And if you're one of the nearly 44 million Americans who smoke cigarettes, you may be looking for a tobacco–free 2014.

The key here, is not setting yourself up for failure.

"Only 7% of people who quit are successful the first time, and sometimes it takes multiple times, and that's OK," says Allison Bernier of the Providence Center.

When it comes to sustaining those resolutions through the entire year and beyond keep yourself accountable by telling friends and even maybe seeing who else has similar goals, so that you can work together.

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