Here's to WINNING Your New Year's Resolution

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Here's to WINNING Your New Year's Resolution

Welcome, 2018!

Here's to WINNING New Year's Resolutions

By Jean Bowick

Now that 2017 has drawn to a close, we’re all wondering what the future holds for us, and what improvements we’ll make in 20108. Hence we welcome the annual, legendary ritual of declaring our New Year’s Resolutions.  Most resolutions, of course, include a consistent desire to lead healthier lives, lose weight, and exercise more, before they're quickly abandoned within the first six weeks. Want to make sure you're successful in 2018? Try following the following these tips.

Define Your Goals
People who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them. As the Bible says in Habakkuk, Ch. 2, God instructs us to write down our vision plainly and visibly, so it can be read quickly and put swiftly into motion.

Get Specific
Figure out what “healthy” means to you. Do you need to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or blood pressure, strengthen your muscle tone, or improve your cardio endurance? Write down specifically what you’d like to accomplish this year. Note: If you’re not even clear about which health goals you’d like to tackle in 2018 – fat chance of achieving them!

Plan Your Steps; Then Walk Them Out
You won’t accomplish the same goals this year that you didn’t accomplish last year  - unless you change your approach. Modify your daily habits in 2018 to achieve your desired results. This requires very targeted planning. Mobile fitness/tracker apps can be helpful tools in making these transitions.

Don’t Set Yourself Up For Disappointment
Set reasonable goals. Sometimes this means breaking down larger goals into smaller bites. If you’d like to lose 40 pounds in 2018, for example, set an initial goal to lose 10 pounds by March 31.

Carve Out Your Time Ahead Of Time
Don’t slice your workout block so thin that an extra 15 minutes at the office means missing your workout entirely. Set aside a generous chunk of your regular routine, and schedule that time by setting a standing appointment on your calendar.

Get A Workout Buddy
Sure, walking the track on your lunch hour is a positive break from the daily office grind, but it’s important to forge a sense of belonging too. Weekly fitness classes, weight-lifting with friends, and group outdoor activities add much-needed social flavor to a new exercise plan. Plus, surrounding yourself with healthy, fitness-minded people helps strengthen those traits within you. Traveling in circles that support your goals increases tour likelihood of making it to the finish line.

Find Your Motivation
Will it take a personal trainer or new workout wardrobe to get you to the gym? Is your high school reunion fast approaching, or are you planning your dream cruise to the Caribbean? Determine where your inspiration lies, and what will keep you going when you’re tired, hungry, or outrageously hormonal. Plant these motivational triggers in plain sight, so when you’re tempted to look down at your current state of incompletion, you’re compelled to keep looking ahead toward greater progress.

Plan Your Rebound Now
Realize that advancement sometimes means adjusting your steps along the way. If your New Year’s plan is to cook well-balanced, healthy meals Monday through Friday, but your 2018 work schedule winds up starving your kitchen time, just adapt your approach. Adopt a simpler menu; find quality take-out; research the value of certain raw foods; or when you do cook, prepare larger portions to last for several days.

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