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Despite our best efforts, it can be hard to keep those New Year’s resolutions. We often set our goals just a bit too high. When we don’t meet them, we may give up. Follow these three strategies to help you stick to the new changes in your life.
Don’t just say you want to lose weight or eat healthier. Instead, make your goals something that you can measure. Set your goals with a number and timeframe. For example, “I will eat an extra vegetable for dinner every evening” or “Everyday for lunch this week I will choose water over pop.” When you set measurable goals it becomes easier to monitor your progress. As a bonus, you’ll also know when you’ve met your goals, which will keep you motivated!
Small steps and simple changes are easiest to achieve and will make a big difference as you move towards a healthier lifestyle. If you’re looking to become more active, it’s easier to start by trying to take the stairs once a day than to spend an hour at the gym every night. If you’re trying to cut down on fat, you’re more likely to stick with a switch from homogenized milk to 2% milk than going all the way to skim milk. Even small changes like these can help you maintain or lose weight over the course of the year.
Get the support of family and friends when it comes to meeting your goals. When you tell others what your resolutions are, they can offer encouragement and help you get over any stumbling blocks. A friend can be an exercise buddy or someone to cook a healthy meal with. You may also feel more motivated to keep your resolutions because you’ll want to show others that you’ve had some success.
EaTracker is a free online tool created by Dietitians of Canada that makes it easy for you to track your eating habits and physical activity. It also has a My Goals tool to help you set and reach your goals.
Start today! Sign up for EaTracker yourself or call EatRight Ontario to get started. Best of all, it’s free!
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Need some help sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions? Speak with a Registered Dietitian by calling EatRight Ontario at 416-510-510-2 or send an email.
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