How to Make a Healthy Weight Loss Resolution

Have you made your New Year’s resolution?  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.  Reaching these smaller goals will help boost your confidence and your belief in your ability to reach future goals.  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. 

Looking for more help to start the year with healthy habits? Check out the North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website and use these resources as well:

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