LIVE YOUR HEALTH – JANUARY
In 2010, after completing a rigorous application and site review process by Meals On Wheels America, we were awarded “Exemplary Status” Magnet Accreditation for our outstanding senior nutrition program.
According to the Statistic Brian Research Institute, a company that surveys people online and via direct response mail, 41 percent of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution. However, only 9.2 percent of those people who do so felt they successfully achieved their resolution.
This “success” rate can feel pretty discouraging. Whether you are trying to lose weight, exercise more or make some other self-improvement, there are some tips to make your New Year’s resolution stick.
For starters, ask yourself the following: Does your resolution fit into the principles of SMART goals? SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Rather than just saying, “I want to lose weight in 2018,” for example, a SMART goal would be as follows: “I want to lose 4 pounds per month, for a total of 20 pounds, by June 1.”
Now that you know what a SMART goal is, the American Psychological Association (APA) offers some tips to plan your resolution. These tips include starting small, focusing on one change at a time, seeking support and having the right attitude.
When it comes to starting small, APA recommends taking small steps toward the goal. For example, if you are beginning an exercise program, start with 2 or 3 days a week, instead of aiming for 7. Remember that changing unhealthy behaviors takes time, and if you try to do too much at once, you may get overwhelmed and give up. This is why it’s important to focus on one change at a time.
Support can come in many forms: a friend, family member, co-worker, support group or professional counselor. This support can help you hold yourself accountable. It also can be a sounding board for sharing your successes and struggles, and can give you advice on how to reach your goal.
And lastly, remember that your attitude is critical to your success. You will have minor setbacks, along with ups and downs as you try to reach your goal. Don’t give up because you had a slip; instead, push forward to get back on track.
From all of us at Meals On Wheels Northampton County, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2018!
Hayley Daubert is a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist who consults with Meals On Wheels of Northampton County and other organizations. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.