Well, it’s that time of year again. The shopping presents have been opened (and are now being returned), the added calories have been consumed, and the holiday-weary people can now turn their attention to making resolutions for the upcoming year. We all have things we could do to better ourselves and our lives, but where to begin? Here are a few tips that might keep you on track long enough to attain your goals:
- Be realistic. You’re not going to lose fifty pounds by Valentine’s Day. You didn’t gain fifty pounds in six weeks and you’re not going to lose it in six weeks. A goal of 1-2 pounds per week is not only realistic, but it’s also a healthier way to shed those pounds.
- Ask for help. If the goal is to quit smoking then enlisting the assistance of family and friends as well as the help of smoking cessation tools will increase your chances for success.
- Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many resolutions. Pick the one that’s most important to you and work on it. Once you’ve achieved your goal move on to the next one. Build on your successes.
- Don’t become discouraged. If your resolution is to lose weight and you slip and have a helping (or two) of lasagna, get over it! Forget about it and start fresh the next day. We all backslide from time to time. It’s not the end of the world and it’s definitely not an excuse to throw in the towel on your objective.
- Talk about it. Share your experiences with family and friends. You might be surprised by some of the things you have in common. Also, if you think it might help, join a support group. There’s nothing you’re going through that someone else hasn’t already experienced.
- Get back on the horse. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! You only fail if you quit.
My personal resolution for 2019 is to get rid of the last five pounds - the same five pounds I’ve been working on for a year. I’m determined to reach my goal by February first!
I wish you good luck with your resolutions and best wishes for a wonderful 2019!