We’ve said it year after year “starting January 1st, I will lose weight”. More times than not, it does not play out this way. We often fall off the wagon due to frustration, being side tracked, or loss of our motivation somewhere between January 7th and 21st. But why does this happen to us when we have the best intentions? Please don’t be mad, but I think I may know why….we are setting ourselves up for failure. By simply stating, that on one obscure day you are going to do a 180 degree turn to better health and while you are at it, your goal is drop 30 or 40 pounds. We all know it’s not that easy!
So this year let’s focus on setting goals that are attainable. Let us take one day at a time and at the most one week at a time! Set yourself up for success by setting small goals that you know you can achieve! For example week 1, challenge yourself to eat 3 servings of fruit per day, then once you got that down move on to your week 2 goal, possibly walking 15 minutes per day. As we set small goals that we can follow through on, the momentum begins to swing our way and hopefully the weight begins to go down!
Cheers to your health this New Year!
By Emily Barr, MS, RD, CNSC
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