Setting Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals

Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals

Many people are already making their New Year’s resolutions and thinking, “this time I’m going to stick with it.” So often however, our resolutions go the way side within a few weeks. In one survey, 45 percent of those who set New Year’s resolutions had broken them before February. How do we avoid this burnout? Here are some tips that can help.

  • Many diet experts say that most people who set New Year’s diet resolutions set them to broad and unrealistic. They might say, “I’ll never eat out again.” Or, “I’ll never eat ice cream again.” However, the better way to do it is to set smaller specific goals. One suggestion is to take it a week at a time. “This week I’ll use smaller plates and next week I’ll drink fewer sodas.”
  • Get a buddy. Enlist the help of a like-minded friend who can set goals with you and you can both hold each other accountable.
  • Measure your goals. Take time to write down your goals, and keep track of your progress. Try posting your goals and progress in a place where you will see them often, such as on your refrigerator.
  • Set rewards that hit short, mid and long-term goals, but don’t reward with food. Instead, choose rewards like trips to the movies or clothing.
  • Set time-based goals. Goals should include a specific date of completion, with mini-deadlines along the way. For example, “I want to achieve my goal of losing 10 pounds by March 31.” Then you could then set up dates where you’d like to reach 2 pounds, 5 pounds, etc.

Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up when you didn’t meet your goal. Simply reset it and start again. Also, keep in mind that your family is most likely watching you during this goal setting journey, and how you respond to success and failure won’t be lost on them. You have a chance to teach a valuable lesson to your children through your example.

What are some goals and resolutions you are planning on setting this New Years?

Lisa Holcomb

Lisa is co-founder of Build A Menu, an online menu planning website that helps families get their grocery bill under control and helps them to bring “dinner back to the table”. She is an advocate for family meal time, an author, and a public speaker.

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a guest blogger of The opinions expressed on this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or, and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. View the license for this post.

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