It’s hard to believe another year has passed. It’s time to reflect on the good and the bad of 2013, and start brainstorming resolutions to make 2014 the best yet.
As I was doing just this myself, I realized that for the first time ever, I successfully carried out my own New Year’s Resolution. According to a recent study*, I am one of only 8% of Americans who is successful in fulfilling their New Year’s Resolutions.
So what was my resolution? I promised myself I would floss every day. I made this promise as I sat in the dentist’s chair getting two cavities filled. I knew I never wanted to have that experience again.
So this made me think, why was this resolution the only one I had ever kept? What is the formula for success? After some consideration, I came up with this – a successful resolution must be Achievable, Simple, and Personal.
Step One: Make it Achievable
In this step, you decide your overall goal for the year. You must be completely honest with yourself. If you haven’t been to the gym in years – don’t make your resolution to go every day. Start with once a week. If you drink soda daily, don’t try to cut it out altogether but decrease the amount instead. Think of goals that are realistic and start small. You can always exceed expectations – but falling short will just frustrate you!
In this step, it’s also important to look at the barriers you may face while trying to achieve your goal. Think of what has stopped you in the past and come up with strategies to overcome challenges in the future.
Step Two: Make it Simple
In this step, decide on one simple thing that will get you to your ultimate goal. Don’t make your goal to lose 20 pounds this year. Think of simple steps to getting there – and make one of those your resolution.
Maybe your goal is simply realizing you don’t know where to begin. If this is the case, make an appointment with an outpatient dietitian to get your own personalized plan!
Step Three: Make it Personal
In this step you decide what motivates you. Do you want to lose weight so you have more energy throughout the day? Do you want to feel more confident? Finding what drives you will give you a reason to accomplish this goal. It will be in the back of your mind while grocery shopping, choosing what to order at a restaurant, and deciding whether or not to go to the gym after a long day of work.
This combination will set you up for success, whether it’s for weight loss, diet changes, or anything else.
I wish everyone a successful new year!
Be sure to stay tuned to Ellis’s Eating Healthy Blog to help you stay on track in 2014.
*University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology
**If you’d like to meet with a Registered Dietitian call 518.243.3333 to schedule an appointment. Ellis Medicine’s Registered Dietitian’s are nutrition experts that can help translate the science of food into practical solutions for every day healthy living. One simple step to achieving your goals for 2014!