It's That Time of Year

10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1! Ready to make your New Year's Resolution? Below were some of the top resolutions from 2015: 
 
  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
 
I am not surprised by these. Are you? 
 
I set three  resolutions each year. Remember my competitive edge? It helps with resolution setting. If I set three resolutions, it is more difficult for me to "strike out”  My three choices usually include a personal resolution, an intellectual one and then a fitness-based one.
 
My intellectual one explains itself in that I love to learn. One quote I live by is, “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn". (John Cotton Dana)  This year, I am taking cooking classes to enhance my skills for my career. My fitness-based resolution is to become a better swimmer. I love to swim (in the pool but I get nervous in open water). Practice is what I need. Why did I tell you two of my resolutions? Accountability! When you make a resolution, I urge you to tell a friend or family member; the more the merrier. Shout it out for all to hear (or blog it). When I set a goal, I tell people  I am going to do something, this holds me to it.
 
So do you plan to make one or more resolutions this year? If so, here is a SMART approach
 
S-Be specific (straight-forward)
M-Measureable (You must be able to measure it)
A-Achievable (Can you achieve success)
R-Realistic (Be realistic with yourself)
T-Timed (Set a timeframe)
 
Using this approach with your resolutions changes them drastically. Let's look at my swimming resolution again. A general resolution: I plan to swim more. A SMART goal/resolution: I am going to attend a swim class one time a week for 10 weeks. Uh-oh! Now I really have to sign up for that swim class. I have been procrastinating for a long time. I have to remember that "Unless you first change your mind, don't expect your goals to materialize."  The old saying of, "It's all in your head" is so true.
 
Make those SMART resolutions. Tell others so you stick to them and see you next year! 

 

About the Author

Deb is a registered dietitian for Prevea Health’s LeadWell corporate health and wellness program, a role that allows her to share her commitment to healthful living. She graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and completed her dietetic internship with Harper Hospital in Detroit. After graduation, Deb worked for area nursing homes until she joined HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in 1999. Her understanding of the importance of good nutrition started when she was very young as she tried to help her father with his medical conditions. Her passion for wellness and nutrition continues as she helps people incorporate lifestyle changes into their everyday lives.