Set Goals, Not Resolutions
Bottom line? The launch of a New Year does not have to mean immediate change. Set several smaller goals to accompany your journey to the desired outcome.
“Research suggests it’s more effective to focus on positive outcomes and the steps you take to get there,” said Cheri Harrison, pediatric program coordinator, Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center. “Rather than making a resolution to start dieting and cut out sugar, set steps to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat.”
- Set small goals: If you set a New Year’s resolution, create smaller goals you can celebrate along the way to achieve your overall wellness goal.
- Focus on positive outcomes: Remember past successes. If you have a setback, review the positive lifestyle changes you have already achieved.
- Get SMART: Ask yourself if your new goal is SMART – Specific, Measurable, Action-Based, Realistic and Timely.
- Schedule time for your goals: Structure your week and weekend to accommodate your new lifestyle changes. Set aside time for exercise opportunities and to prepare homemade meals and snacks.