South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
Keep Your New Years Resolutions
If you're like millions of other people, you make resolutions each New Year. And, if you're like millions of other people, you have a hard time keeping those resolutions. So, why do so many fail? There are many reasons, some of which are out of your control, but sometimes it's all about the goals you set.
What can you do to help keep those resolutions? Everyone wants to offer tips on how to stick with resolutions, and there are several steps you can take to help you succeed. You have to find the formula that works for you, but here are some steps you can take that may help.
- Don't make your goals too big. If you keep your goals small and attainable, you are more likely to succeed. For example, if one of your resolutions is to exercise every day, you're more likely to break that one. Instead, set a goal of adding 1 - 2 days of exercise each week and don't set specific days. Now you've got a little flexibility and your goal is more attainable.
- Resolutions should be easily measurable. Don't say you're going to lose 100 pounds this year, as that is an extremely difficult (and not safe) thing to do. Instead, aim to lose 1 - 2 pounds per week.
- Goals should be realistic. Want to eat healthy? That's fine, but don't cut out items cold turkey. Reduce your sugar intake slowly, introduce healthier foods at a rate of 1 - 2 new foods per week, cut out sugary drinks by slowly adjusting the sweetness (mix sweet tea with unsweet tea and gradually reduce the amount of sweet).
VA has many resources that can help you achieve your goals. One is the MOVE! Weight Management Program. Their goal is to help Veterans lose weight and keep it off. If you need help sticking with your resolutions, why not get "MOVEing" and see results!
For more information on MOVE!, check out their website at http://www.move.va.gov/Default.asp.