Whether you call it a resolution or simply a fresh start, New Year’s can be a good time to refocus on your health.

     In fact, research shows that Americans’ New Year’s resolutions often involve weight loss, exercise and other health-related goals.

    Whatever your personal goals for 2012, here are some tips for making them stick:


Set Realistic Goals. Ask yourself: What can I reasonably attain? Perhaps a 10- or 15-pound weight loss instead of 40? A 10K run instead of a marathon? Unrealistic resolutions are rarely kept.

Take Small Steps. If your aim is to exercise more, start by working out several times a week instead of every day. If weight loss is your goal, start by planning lower-calorie, healthier breakfasts. Introduce new behaviors gradually over time.

Put It In Writing. Keep a journal with your thoughts about why you are setting your goal and the steps you plan to take to achieve it. Reread this at times you are uninspired and it may help renew your motivation.

Don’t Go It Alone. Announce your goals to family and friends and don’t be afraid to ask for their help. Support groups, such as aerobics classes at the gym or weight loss groups can also make it easier to reach your goals.

Forgive yourself. Lapses happen to all of us. We eat those doughnuts. We skip the gym. Recover from your mistakes and move forward.

     At Uncle Wally’s, we are committed to your health needs – whether it’s reducing your calorie and fat intake, eliminating added sugar, increasing fiber or simply controlling your portion sizes. We have a range of great-tasting muffins to meet many dietary needs: Fat Free, Sugar Free, Smart Portion, as well an array of new Mini Muffins and fortified Fun Muffins. Fiber One Muffins and Fiber One Wraps are also part of the Uncle Wally’s Family.  It can make all the difference to have a delicious, healthier alternative that allows you to stick to your resolution.

     Visit Uncle Wally’s website for more information on our products.