New Year; New Approach on Resolutions

Posted on January 31, 2014

The New Year is upon us and it’s often a time for carrying out our New Year’s resolutions. People begin thinking about their resolutions weeks in advance and many times the resolution relates to physical health and/or weight loss. Weight loss programs gear up for the flood of people they foresee will sign up for their program. Health and fitness clubs regularly see a spike in memberships. People are exited and motivated to make these health changes. They have an end goal in sight such as a specific number on the scale. With the resolution comes planning and possibly joining a gym or weight loss program. What begins as a best laid plan often ends up being a lot of wasted money. So what went wrong? Where did the excitement go? Why has this weight loss resolution yet again failed? Often times there are numerous factors that play into why a person is not able to stick with his or her new weight loss program.  Change is HARD, often we go about a major change like weight loss without incorporating support systems.

Here are some tips to help make this Healthy New Year’s resolution successful:

  • Find support:  People who will HELP you stick to your goal.
  • Get to know your eating trends:  Are you an emotional eater? Do you eat when you are bored, upset, sad, happy, or tired? Knowing why you reach for certain foods will be useful information for you to have. That way you can make a plan of what to do instead of reaching for food when you are feeling a certain emotion.
  • Determine:  Are you an all or nothing kind of person? If you have one day of eating more calorie rich foods, do you allow it to turn into multiple days, which leads to weeks? Work on changing your all or nothing mentality. You are going to have a day when you eat more than you need. It is just one day. Tomorrow is a new day and you can pick back up with healthy eating habits.
  • Start slow: If you have not exercised for years, committing to going to the gym for six straight days is likely to lead to failure. Start off by committing to exercising one – two days per week and gradually build on your success.
  • Make your goal: It could be about being able to do more active, fun things with your children or going on a vacation you have always wanted to go on, but didn’t because of the physical activity involved. Focusing on those tangible items is more rewarding than a number on the scale. Make the goal about being healthy and increasing your years of life; not just decreasing the number on the scale!

Written by: Emily Paxton, MA, LMHC, RD

Emily is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Registered Dietitian at Groff and Associates Professional Counseling.  She has over ten years experience counseling patients, with eating disorders.  She has also worked with and has a passion for families dealing with parent/child relations or trauma.  If you are interested, in seeing a counselor, for help, in these areas, contact Emily

 

 

 

 

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