Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick
As January begins, people whisper about their "resolutions." Have you ever followed through with these, or even taken the time to write them down? This year is the time to make your resolutions count. Sit down and create your schedule for a New You in the New Year.
The biggest challenge to making your 2008 resolutions stick is creating ones that are practical to begin with. If you're like the rest of America and eat out four times per week, then you may have a goal to save money and your waistline by kicking the fast food restaurants to the curb. Instead of making bold statements such as, "I will not eat fast food for 2008" opt for "I will eat fast food no more than once every two weeks." As you achieve this goal, and it seems to become easier to avoid the golden arches, you can then refine your resolution to "I will eat fast food no more than once a month" And so on. When you decide to commit and write down your New You Resolutions this year consider these helpful tips:
1. Write it Down
Avoid committing it to memory. Instead write it out with pride and post it where it will remind you of the goals you have set.
2. Put a Number to it
Decide how many times a day, week, or month you can do something and shun away from saying "everyday." Life happens, and you don't want "everyday" to be the cause of you throwing in the towel all together on your goals.
3. Keep it Realistic
Although the idea of losing 10 lbs in a week sounds great on infomericals it's neither realistic nor healthy. Weight loss goals should be based on losing 1 - 2 lbs per week. If you want to lose it and keep it off, then choose to keep your goals real.
4. Enlist Help From Others
This is the time to call your best friend and convince him or her to make a resolution with you. Use each other for the purpose of accountability. Call up your most energetic and motivated friends and have a Resolution Party.
5. Seek out the Advice of an Expert
If it's exercise goals, seek out a certified Exercise Physiologist, nutrition - meet with a Registered Dietitian, and if it's to organize your life - hire a Personal Organizer or Maid.
6. Set Yourself up for Success
Think positively when you set your goals. People have greater success adding to their daily life then taking away. Try this, "I will eat at least one cup of berries three times each week." When you add in fruit and vegetables you often have less room for chips and dip.
7. Don't Forget to Follow-up
When you write down your goals take the time to write down follow-up dates in your calendar. For weekly goals check on yourself every three months, and for monthly goals check on yourself in six months.
8. Last, but not Least, Remember to Reward
Treat yourself to a massage, a facial or a new outfit when your resolution has been met and your goal has become a habit.
New Year's Resolutions are a way for us to touch base with ourselves and look for ways to make improvements. Don't stress over them. Instead, make them positive, make them real, and make them stick. Here's to You in the New Year.
As a Registered Dietitian and Culinary Consultant Wendy has a passion for the healthy palate and making nutrition information a little more edible for everyone. As a military spouse she understands the challenges of eating on the road, on deployment, or with a hectic schedule that comes with the territory. Whether you are training for an event or looking to shed a couple pounds Wendy has some nutrition advice for you! For more information about her or her services visit www.MyEdibleNutrition.com.
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