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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- As the New Year inches ever closer, many people are resolving to make changes in their lives. The most popular 2010 New Years resolutions are to stop smoking or drinking, get fit or lose weight, be more organized, learn new things, get out of debt, spend more time with family and help others more often.

For many, old habits are hard to break. No matter what your resolution is, experts suggest you start with reasonable goals. For example, don't say you'll cut spending by a thousand dollars a month, if you're living paycheck to paycheck right now.

This is even more important if you're vowing to lose weight this year. As Brian Hogan will tell you, the end result can be big - but the first steps will, and should, be small.

Stop by the YMCA any day of the week, and you'll find Hogan working up a sweat. Just five years ago, his life was spinning in a different direction.

"I was about 360 pounds. And you get to a point where, it's no fun to be that fat. You hurt everyday, you're out of breath to tie your shoes, you get on a plane and you have to get an extension belt - no one wants to sit next to you," he recalled.

New Years 2005, Hogan decided to make a change. He'd made attempts to lose weight in the past, but this time, Hogan took a different approach - a pound at a time.

YMCA trainer Malinda Gudgeon agreed, this is the best plan for success, "if you set a goal of thirty pounds and you don't reach it, you're going to be really hard on yourself."

Hogan worked with experts to design an exercise and nutrition plan - one he could actually live with. The end goal was to lose one hundred pounds, but he took it week by week. Today, he's down one-hundred-forty, and has no plans to put the brakes on anytime soon.

"Success is a tremendous motivator," he noted. "And when you start to lose the weight and you start to feel better, you start to look better, you can get in the pants you hadn't worn in three years, that keeps you going."

Hogan suggested joining a class, or finding a partner to work out with you. He said he's made some great friends in the last five years, and when he's having a bad day, they're often the reason he decides to work out anyway.

Fitness trainers remind you to meet with your doctor before starting a new program. The YMCA offers free meetings with an instructor to help you through the first few workouts.

Online Reporter: Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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