Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ringing in the New Year

Can you believe that 2010 is coming to an end and before you know it, we'll be ringing in 2011?  With the new year, many folks will be thinking about resolutions.  Personally, I am thinking goals instead of resolutions as goals are attainable and longer lasting! But, do what works for you!  Stay tuned for our January newsletter which addresses how to set SMART goals!  In the mean time, check out this tidbit from www.weightwatchers.com about resolutions.

1. Make your resolutions public
Share them with one or more people so they can help you stay on track. If you let your friends and family in on your dream, you can use their support to help you make it a reality.
2. Write down your resolution
But don't stop there: Also include the steps you will take to keep it. According to Laura Hess, a Nevada-based personal and business coach, having a clearly articulated goal and a plan of action is vital for success.
3. Keep things simple
Break a big goal into a series of smaller goals. Want to lose 50 pounds? Shoot for losing 5 percent of your body weight first, or set five 10-pound incremental weight-loss goals.
4. Mark your achievements
Each time you make a small lifestyle change aimed at reaching your goal — adding five minutes to your daily walk, for instance — put a star on your calendar so you can see your progress.
5. Make small changes
If weight loss or a healthier lifestyle is your goal, put a bowl of fruit or vegetable pieces front and center in the fridge, and hide the cookie jar behind the oatmeal. Each week, try a new low-fat cereal or an exotic fruit or a vegetable you haven't tasted before. Stash away your car keys for a weekend and challenge yourself to walk wherever you need to go. Lose the deep-fat fryer, too, and steam, bake or microwave your food.
If you've already set up some goals and/or resolutions, feel free to share with us what they are!  You may inspire someone else or gather support from others.

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