Small Steps Are Key To Gradual New Year's Resolution Success

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On January 1, most Americans pledged to lose weight, quit smoking or eat healthier for the next 365 days.

For the past week, gyms have been packed, the air smelled cleaner and there seemed to be a shortage of fresh fruit and veggies at grocery stores, but now that the champagne is flat many are abandoning their New Year's resolutions. This month, Hollywood life coach Sherri Ziff Lester of RockYourLifeCoaching, is speaking out to educate Americans about how small, sustainable "mini resolutions" can help make positive changes that will last through the entire year.

"Many people set themselves up for failure by setting life goals that are too broad or aggressive to be realistically accomplishable," said Ziff Lester. "I have found that the easiest and most effective way to achieve your resolution is to break it down into a small, specific goal you can reasonably expect to attain.

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"If you want to eat healthier, for example, don't deprive yourself of sweets. Instead, reduce calories by substituting SPLENDA Sweetener Products for sugar. If people start off small, they eventually see small improvements that motivate them to move forward with loftier goals."

Small Changes Yield Big Results

Additionally, Ziff Lester notes that small resolutions mean making small, simple changes which are easier to incorporate and maintain in any lifestyle. Ziff Lester offers the following tips to help consumers create realistic goals that will stick year-round:

-- Vowing to spend more time with your friends and family? Rather than focusing on an entire evening out, nurture relationships with short bursts. Try a 20 minute coffee date, meet at the grocery store to shop together or arrive five minutes early to pick your kids up from school and chat.

-- If your resolution is to eat healthier, start with something you can easily change.

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