Guest Post by Lisa Golebieski, M.S.
Every year we all make resolutions and if they are health related, one of the best strategies to attain and keep those resolutions is to stagger them throughout the year. Instead of trying to eliminate or change everything the first of the year, make one goal a month until you reach all of your resolutions. It’s easier to focus on one at a time than several at once. Plus, it’s less overwhelming and you’ll be happier.
For example, if you would like to cut out or reduce your sugar intake, make that a one month goal then ADD on your next goal for the following month (such as reducing salt). Adding on new monthly goals will help you achieve all of them by year end…making them more attainable. Once you attain each monthly goal…you must continue to carry them out…in other words if you reduce your sugar intake for the first month you must continue to reduce your sugar intake throughout the year (you don’t just do that for a month and then go back to eating more sugar). This is why it is suggested to ADD on a goal each month…it keeps the momentum by adding a new goal to the one(s) you already continue to achieve.
Using this staggering technique for all your healthy resolutions goals such as:
- giving up smoking
- exercising more often
- eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day
- getting more sleep
- taking vitamins
- getting a physical
- spending more face time with family and friends and less time connected to gadgets
- taking 5 to 10 minutes a day in a quiet place to meditate or free your mind
All of us have something we would like to improve or change upon and the easier we make it for ourselves the better and more satisfying our lives will be.
What resolutions or goals would YOU add to your list?
Happy New Year…..Happy Healthy You
Lisa Golebieski, MS Holistic Nutrition Consultant
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