Five Tips on Goal-Setting in the New Year

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Many people use the New Year to resolve to lose weight, be healthier, or exercise more. Studies have shown that 85 percent of New Year’s resolutions are based on a health-related goal.

So how do you make you New Year’s resolution last? Follow these 5 simple tips:

  1. Make it small, specific, and reasonable. Example: I will not eat out and bring my lunch to work.
  2. Come up with a plan. Example: I will pack my lunch the night before and put a reminder on the refrigerator.
  3. Make your goal measurable. Example: For every day you bring your lunch, mark it on the calendar and tally it up at the end of the month.
  4. Create a support system. Example: Tell your co-workers that you’re passing on take out lunch. They can support and remind you of this goal. Any kind of accountability helps.
  5. Reward yourself. Example: If you complete your goal for one month, treat yourself to a manicure.

Give it a try!

Come to the Healthy Living Center and get support on a weight loss goal by joining our Weight Management Group that meets twice a month. Members support each other in their quest for health with new ideas, tips, recipes, and more. See the calendar for dates.

By Patty Delmonico Schardt MSRD
Hannaford Dietitian

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