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January: Resolutions that last

By Staff | Jan 17, 2014

Thinking about making a New Year’s resolution, but worried about keeping it? Good intentions alone aren’t enough. So what can you do this New Year to make changes that last? This year make your goals SMART, as in Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Be specific and think about “W” words: who, what, where, when, and why. To help make your New Year’s resolutions stick, check out these tips.

Tips for Resolutions that Last:

Make them measureable. Make your goals this year measureable by setting criteria for knowing whether you’ve reached your goal. Ask yourself how you will measure progress and if your goal is attainable.

Break up larger goals into smaller ones. Have you ever made a bunch of resolutions, but been overwhelmed with trying to make changes? It’s easy to get discouraged with big goals that don’t have any payoff in the short-term, so it can help to break up a larger goal into smaller ones.

Put your goals on a timeline. Make sure your goals are realistic and that they are something you are willing and able to work toward. Also, do you have a time frame? Push yourself forward by setting a date for smaller and larger goals.

Reward yourself in healthy ways. Want to set a New Year’s resolution, but have trouble staying motivated to make changes? One way to stay motivated is to reward yourself when you reach “mini” goals or milestones. Avoid using rewards that are not in line with your resolution; reward yourself with something that reinforces your new habit such as a health or fitness magazine subscription or fitness equipment.

Looking for a program to help? Finding the right ingredients for staying fit and healthy can be challenging, which foods to eat more of, which to eat less of? How much physical activity is required and what kind?

This year remember to make your New Year’s resolutions specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely. By applying these concepts and techniques you can reduce the chances of feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or losing motivation.

Zesty bean dip

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 tomato, chopped

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix refried beans, taco season mix and tomato. Allow the mixture to simmer approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon the mixture into a medium serving bowl. Top with cheddar cheese and serve warm.

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