Healthier Me: Making your New Year's resolution stick

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - 2018 is almost here and most of us are scrambling to make up a few New Year's resolutions that we'll probably forget about in February.

When it comes to sticking to resolutions, Profile By Sanford says 80% of our resolutions fail by February. So what's the first step to making that goal a reality?

"Figuring out your why. Why do you want to have this healthier lifestyle, why do you want to get in more activity," said Profile by Sanford Coach Molly Bentley.

One of the first mistakes people make is making too many resolutions. Bentley says the more specific you are with your goal, the easier it will be to reach it.

"Along with being realistic, it's important to know what you can do. Take it one step at a time and eventually get to where you want to be, instead of just running out of the gates and shooting for something too high," said Bentley.

You're more likely to hold yourself accountable if you write down your goals, but it's also a good idea to make sure others are involved to keep you on track.

"Sometimes that accountability can be the tough part, to not only make them, but keep those goals. So having some kind of support system, whether it be coworkers or family or even a Profile Coach, can really help with that accountability," said Bentley.

Make sure you stay focused on a well-defined goal, and with a little help, you could make the new year-new you more than just a saying.