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Keeping Your New Year Resolution 

Lost track of your new year resolution? 

Don't worry. Follow these three steps to get back on track.

1.  Get Guidance

If you haven't worked out in a while, it's always a good idea to get clearance from your doctor first. Once that's done, seek advice on setting up an exercise program from a professional.

"Getting guidance in the beginning is important," says Rhonda Weathers, a certified ACSM-health fitness specialist and clinical coordinator of cardiac and pulmonary rehab and Exercise is Medicine at Carter Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at Fort Worth. "A lot of places will offer a general fitness assessment when you join or have personal trainers available for an additional fee."

2.  Set Realistic Goals

Everybody wants to start seeing results immediately, but losing weight the right way takes time. With the help of a professional, set-short- and long-term goals that are attainable in a reasonable period.

"It's important to remember that it's going to take time to see results," Weathers says. "It's easy to get frustrated if you don't see results immediately. But it isn't something you can just do for a couple months - it has to be a complete lifestyle change."

Don't forget to reward yourself when you meet your goals! Stay away from food rewards as to not undo your progress. Instead, buy yourself a token of appreciation, see a movie with friends or book an afternoon at the spa.

3.  Take It a Step at a Time

You may be inclined to jump into a new exercise routine, change your diet and start playing tennis all at once. Your enthusiasm is commendable, but Weathers advises taking lifestyle changes on at a time.

"Don't try to do too much too fast - you'll overwhelm yourself," Weathers says.  "Take it one change at a time. Making gradual changes is a key to success when you are striving to lead a healthy lifestyle."

Need help getting in shape?  Exercise is Medicine is a physician-involved program to help you do just that, and it's available right here in Fort Worth at the Carter Rehabilitation and Fitness Center. To learn more, visit BaylorHealth.com/AllSaintsFitness or call 1.800.4BAYLOR.