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Experts say daily reminders are important to staying focused on a new diet or exercise plan — so long as the goals are realistic. Setting attainable milestones like losing a couple of pounds a week for several months can help avoid discouragement. (Photo by Michael Brun/Republican Eagle)

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RED WING, Minn. -- With the excess of the holiday season winding down, Americans turn once again to the annual tradition of New Year’s resolutions.

Losing weight, quitting smoking and reducing stress are just a few of the health-related pledges that top the list of go-to resolutions, but unrealistic goals and lack of support can cause even the most well-intentioned plan to fall by the wayside.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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