How’s That New Year’s Resolution?

A month has gone by since you made your resolution. How’s it going? Going great? Come and gone? Struggling to stay on track? Resolution? What resolution!?

Many people struggle with their resolutions because their resolutions aren’t SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Instead of “I resolve to lose weight”, try “I resolve to lose at least three pounds by the end of this month.” And then consider what you need to do to reach the goal.

As you consider the steps needed to reach your goal, try taking small steps. Small steps keep your resolution from becoming overwhelming or too hard. When you set out to do something easy, you are more likely to succeed. And success motivates you to take the next step towards your goal.

For example, one step towards losing 3lbs by the end of the month could be eating another serving of vegetables each day. Make it easy: snacking on carrots and hummus, adding a handful of spinach to your bowl of soup or pasta, filling a wrap with bagged salad.

A side note, eating another serving of veggies each day is a great resolution all by itself. Many of us don’t get the USDA’s recommended three servings of vegetables a day. Veggies provide so many good things…water, fiber, thousands of disease-preventing phytonutrients as well as vitamins and minerals. And maybe it’s just my health nerdiness, but how can you not be practically giddy admiring (and eating) the bright, inviting colors of a plate of veggies?!

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