9Health Topic of the Month
Celebrations and Resolutions
With the end of the year upon us, it’s a time to reflect and celebrate all that you’ve accomplished throughout the year. A time to rejoice in yourself, your family, your health successes, how well you did with your 2014 New Year’s resolutions and all your other accomplishments.
It’s also a great time to begin thinking about your 2015 goals, plans and resolutions. As you begin to think about making your New Year’s resolutions, think simple. Studies show that the brain can’t handle too many goals at one time. This may help explain why it’s a challenge to follow through when you’re trying to accomplish several complex health-related resolutions all at once.
Think about this – you make a resolution to cut out several foods from your diet, drastically lowering your calorie intake. Then you decide to take on an entirely new exercise routine to lose weight and get in better shape. But when you make a lot of dramatic changes at the same time, you are bound to lose focus and not be able to accomplish one or more of your resolutions.
However, there are steps you can take to help increase the odds of succeeding in and celebrating your resolutions.
1) Set reachable expectations and celebrate the accomplishments. Defined and manageable goals are the basis for being the most successful at reaching your goals.
2) Make your changes slowly. Succeeding with a new healthy lifestyle occurs best when it becomes your way of life. This means there is no hurry and no finish line.
3) Take baby steps. If your goal is to cut out foods from your diet and lower your calories, start off by limiting the items from your diet that you will miss the least and adding the healthiest foods you like the best. Once you get used to this, gradually add in other things from your resolution list.
4) Be willing to make adjustments to your goals along the way. To truly stick to your health resolutions, celebrate your goals along the way and be comfortable creating new ones that will keep you reaching your reasonable expectations, even if those expectations change over time.
5) Make your goals more meaningful than the actual number. Your goal doesn’t have to be about just a number. Instead of saying you want to lose 10 pounds, just tell yourself you want to become healthier and slimmer so you feel fit and in good shape for weekend hikes with your family.
6) Do what you enjoy. Take a walk with someone you love spending time with. Plan a fun activity with friends and family. You can reach your health goals even when it doesn’t feel like you’re working toward your goal.
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