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Successful Resolution Strategies

After quitting smoking, losing weight comes in second for the most popular New Years Resolution. January is a difficult time of year to make changes due to the weather and coming off of the holiday season. Sadly, the majority of people fail at their goals within the first few months. To prevent failure, plan for success.

  • Set goals that are realistic, not just dreams
  • Set mini-goals to reach rather than one giant goal
  • Set dates by which you will reach a mini-goal
    • if you are not on track, reset and try again. Don't give up!
  • Set goals that are about the process, not the destination.

If you are starting a goal to be more active, consider:

  • Dress in layers, stay hydrated, and keep vulnerable fingers and ears covered if it is really cold
  • Be aware of the impact cold, dry air can have on the lungs, as well as our inversions
  • Pay attention to slippery roads and sidewalks if you are outdoors
  • Consider doing indoor activities that you can do with your family, or have a workout partner to hold you accountable

Check out our Workouts on the Web, the CYH Healthy Recipes page and our Cook's Companion: A Guide to Healthy Cooking for more ways to help you reach your goal.

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