Thursday, November 29, 2012

Getting Healthy a New Years Resolution

You have to love those New Years Resolutions.  We start off the new year with such great intentions.  We are determined to complete those resolutions.  

According to proactive change 40-45% of people make New Years resolutions but what makes those who quit different from those who don't?

Here's my opinion of what happens and why some succeed and some fail.

First we have to look at your emotional state of mind going into the New Years Resolution. Are you a "half empty" or a "half full" kind of person?
  1. If you look at the world at half empty you are more likely to fail at keeping your New Years resolution.  Negative out is negative in.  
  2. Is your New Years resolution attainable?  If you have been a smoker for 10+ years and you decide to quit cold turkey without any help statistics show that chances are you will light up within 10 days.
  3. Is your New Years to much?  Let's say your New Years resolution is to be more organized.  You clean you office, you get your strategy in place and you are ready.  Does your new plan make you work "more" than you had to when you were disorganized?  Let's be honest.....sometimes it's easier to play "catch up" than it is to stay organized.  If this is you make your New Years resolutions in small steps.  Plan on making one change each week or month to a more organized life.  Doing this will take a large resolution and break it down into smaller steps with the same end goal.
So your New Years Resolution is to live healthier.  So many make this their resolution and so few follow through with it.  If this is your resolution this year here are a few steps to help you succeed in keeping it.
  1. Get help!  Go to your Doctor before making any major changes on exercise or eating habits.
  2. Don't "change" overnight!  As with the organization resolution make small changes throughout the year.  (Talk this over with your Doctor).  Example would be: 
  • January: eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise one time a week. 
  • February:  Add one more day a week to exercising and cut 500 bad calories out of your diet.
  • March:   If you are a soda drinker decide this month you will replace one soda per day with a glass of water and add one more day a week of exercise.
Just make a small, attainable, change each month and by the end of the year you will discover you are living healthier, happier and it wasn't difficult.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do and remember to make small attainable changes and you will succeed!

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