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How To Stick With Your New Year's Resolution: Part 2

Posted by Dr. Donna Restivo on Jan 3, 2019 2:18:00 PM

In Fit at 50, Health Tips

In our previous post, we shared a few tips designed to help you follow-thru with your New Year’s resolutions, and today we have a few more that are sure to keep you in line and fighting off the temptation to cave in.  

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Express yourself. It’s important to tell people about your resolutions for several reasons. First, it holds you accountable, so you are less likely to pick up that slice of chocolate cake, moments after you’ve just announced that you are warding off sugar for your annual resolution. It also opens up the opportunity for a friend to step forward and join you on the journey. Having a friend who is also committed to the goal will give you a person to confide in when things get tough and when temptation tries to get the best of you. You want those who are natural born cheerleaders to know about your resolution so that they can applaud you along the way. 

Stay strong. It’s easy to say that you are going to commit to a new habit or way of life, but it’s another thing to actually stick with it when things get tough. Experts believe that it takes three weeks for a new way of life to become a habit and six months for it to actually become a part of your personality. With that said, know that it will get easier if you just hang in there. 

Avoid negative self-talk. Okay, we get it, you are human, and you might have a slip-up. Maybe it was a bad day at work, and you came home and snuck a few cookies from the pantry. Never give up just because you had a slip-up. Instead, get up and get back on that wagon and keep on trucking. Before a baby learns to walk, he/she falls several times, and you never see them giving up! 

Make a list. Mark down the pros of your resolutions and be sure to share why you adopted the goal in the first place. Was it the excess weight surrounding your mid-section, or was it strictly a health issue? By annotating all of the negatives of eating sugar, you will have something to refer to when you get a craving. For example, a con of eating sugar may be how it makes you feel afterward…sluggish and tired. 

Keep moving in the direction you want to be in. By mid-February you may run out of motivation. This is the time to start fresh and recommit to your goal for 24 hours. After you’ve tackled 24 hours, the days will pile on and you’ll be back in the game in no time. 

 


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