What’s a Good Resolution? (part one)

photo credit: manos/morguefile

photo credit: manos/morguefile

It’s time.  The holidays are over and it is time to deal with New Year’s resolutions.  But if you make a commitment for 2013, how do you know that you’ll stick to it?  What makes a good resolution?  There are a few ways to know.

Think Small, Achieve Big

The best resolutions are those that are achievable.  Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how often we repeat the same mistakes.  For example, if you make a resolution to lose 50 pounds every year and you’ve never lost the weight, losing 50 pounds is not a great resolution.  If you join a gym every year but never go, that’s not a great resolution either.

To make a good resolution, start with a small short-term goal.  Here are a few of my suggestions, but feel free to make one of your own.

Sample Short-Term Goals

  • Include one meal with a healthy fish like salmon, tuna or mackerel in your weekly menu.
  • Make an appointment to see your doctor regarding your weight.
  • Complete 3 30-minute indoor walking sessions at a mall or location near your house.
  • Get five healthy recipes from friends, neighbors or co-workers.
  • Replace your dessert with fruit every day this week.
  • Eat veggies instead of chips or snack crackers for one full week

Once you reach your short-term goal, set another one.  Each time, make the goals just a little bit more ambitious.  Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to real resolution success.  And be sure to check back on Thursday for the other important element of successful resolutions.

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