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DENTON — Once the
holiday guests have returned home and the leftovers are gone, thoughts
tend to turn to the new year and, quite often, a “new you.”
Many New Year’s
resolutions focus on self-improvement — losing weight, developing
healthy eating habits, quitting smoking, etc. Too often, however,
these goals are set aside shortly after the year begins. Michelle
Kampschroeder, health education coordinator at Texas Woman’s
University, says most resolutions fail when people don’t set
“A key to keeping
your resolutions is to not try to do everything at once,”
Kampschroeder said. “It’s better to focus on one or
two goals; accomplish them; then set more goals.”
There are other factors
to consider when setting goals.
Word the goals carefully
“Set SMART goals,”
Kampschroeder said, explaining that goals should be
Specific, Measurable, Active, Realistic, and will take Time to achieve.
If your goal is to lose
weight, she said, be specific about the amount over time, such as
losing 10 pounds in one year. The 10 pounds is measurable and can
realistically be achieved. To make the goal active, she said, determine
how you will achieve the goal; for example, losing 10 pounds over
one year by exercising three times per week. You should also consider
whether you can commit that amount of time to achieving your goal,
Make a plan and identify
Those who want to quit
smoking may find help and support from The Great American Smokeout’s
toll-free number, 1-877-YES-QUIT, which is answered by counselors
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Those who want to lose
weight may join a gym or try bicycling or walking. Kampschroeder
recommends finding an accountability partner to encourage or participate
with you. She also recommends developing a “contingency plan.”
For example, those who exercise outdoors should have three options
for other workouts in the event of rain.
If your goal is healthier
eating, Kampschroeder recommends seeking out true experts in the
nutrition field. “Be cautious about what’s on the Internet
and in books,” she said. “Check the credentials of the
Remember: If something
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Consider your personality
“Some people are
morning people, while others are night owls,” Kampschroeder
said. “You should consider that in setting times to exercise.
It won’t do any good to exercise during your low-energy periods.”
An intense workout should
be avoided before bedtime. “Allow yourself about three hours
to wind down,” she said. However, yoga or stretching exercises
shouldn’t affect sleep.
Write it down
Whatever the goal, Kampschroeder
recommends writing it down and posting it where it will be seen
every day, such as on the bathroom mirror, refrigerator or computer.
of studies of goal setting show that writing down goals has a consistent
and powerful effect on behavior,” she said. Writing the goals
solidifies them, and posting them provides reinforcement, she said.
Set up a reward system
when you accomplish a short-term goal,” Kampschroeder said.
Those who quit smoking can figure up how much they’ve saved
during their smoke-free period and spend that money toward a reward
for themselves. However, she said, a reward doesn’t always
require a purchase.
Keeping resolutions to lose weight, eat more nutritious foods or
quit smoking requires a lifestyle change, Kampschroeder said.
a major role in determining our overall well-being,” she said.
“Focus on short-term goals that lead to a long-term lifestyle
change. There will be setbacks, but every day is a new start to
achieving your goal.”
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