Another Failed Resolution

By Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN

Did you know that the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight? Did you also know that after one month only about 65% are still maintaining that resolution? And after six months, the average drops to 45%, with only about 8% actually achieving their resolution to lose weight.

Instead of setting a resolution this year, I encourage you to set smaller, more achievable goals. Setting small daily or weekly goals really helps with making healthy living a lifestyle change vs. a quick fix — or a huge overwhelming goal that is never reached. Make sure the goals are specific and measurable, focusing on daily action in the short term. You may be familiar with the acronym S.M.A.R.T. Your goals should be:

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

So – what am I talking about? Here are some examples of how to turn a broad resolution into a more specific action.

Resolution:

“I will lose weight this year.”

Daily/Weekly Action:

  • “I will eat at least one extra vegetable every day.” or
  • “I will avoid products whose ingredient lists include things I don’t recognize or understand.” or
  • “I will eat a healthy breakfast 5 out of 7 days of the week.”

Again, setting a daily or weekly action will help to make the overall end goal more reachable, because you have something specific and measurable to focus on.

Resolution:

“I will exercise more this year.”

Daily/Weekly Action:

  • “I will schedule at least three workouts into my calendar every week.” or
  • “I will run 3 miles twice per week.” or
  • “I will go to yoga every Saturday morning.” or
  • “I will sign up for and run a half marathon this spring.”

I hope you can see that throwing out the broad, sweeping resolutions and working them into weekly or daily intentions can really help with making healthy life changes much more attainable and sustainable. It might help to set different goals every month, so you’re constantly challenging yourself and giving yourself new actions to work on.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2022!!

Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN
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