New Year’s Resolution Check-in

When you feel motivation beginning to wane, follow these tips for staying positive and making lasting changes.

By Debra K | Posted January 30, 2014 | Originally posted on SpryLiving.com

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Well, here we are three weeks into the New Year.  Thought it might be time to do a quick check-in and see how things are going.  Are you sticking to your resolutions?  Are you carrying the same motivation that helped you find what you hoped to change?  If you hoped to change something really big, there’s a good chance you might be feeling the first flutters of fear or disappointment.  To help us find balance with our goals and what really is achievable I’ve reached out to Carena Lowenthal, MS, RD, CDN.

I met Carena at a recent wellness event in Miami.  Here she shares her thoughts on staying positive and making changes.

DK:  So Carena, how can we make this year different in a positive way?

CL:  We can start with looking at your strengths and what you did well this year instead of what is “wrong”.  What are you good at, what do you enjoy doing? Are you a great cook but just haven’t been that motivated since the kids moved out of the house?  Were you a swimmer when you were a kid or in college?  Do you like to socialize with friends and plan events or entertain? Do you cook healthy meals for your kids and grandkids?  For all these positive things, give yourself a little pat on the back and express gratitude for all that you have.  Think about how to incorporate more of your strengths (or interests) into your daily life.

DK:  What can we add into our lives to help with our health goals:

CL: 1)  Write your goals out!  Studies show that keeping a journal or daily food log helps with weight loss and overall health.  Get a notebook and write down what you eat, it will help keep you accountable and aware of trends and patterns.  Also jot down when you exercise, how you feel and any other thoughts that pop up.  Are you having sabotaging thoughts?  If so try to work these out on paper.

2)  Plan to succeed.  If you make a plan of what you will eat each day and have the groceries you need on hand, prepare foods in advance, look at menus before you go out, have a healthy snack before you wind up at a party that will have tons of unhealthy options, you will do better.  Can you pack a lunch when you are going to be out all day?  Think of good options.  If you fail to plan, you are essentially planning to fail.

3)  See your future, what will it look and feel like.  Can you walk 3 flights of steps without getting winded?  Can you fit into your favorite little black dress by the party next month?  Did you start eating a healthy breakfast instead of donuts each day?  Did you get off your medication or lower the dose?  Make a vision board; use a cork board, a refrigerator, an empty wall or go online to a site like pinterest and create your vision with pictures and motivational quotes.

4)  Focus on you!  We give, we give, we give and often without expecting anything in return.  But we lose so much if we don’t give to ourselves.  We must take the time to exercise, to eat healthy foods, to take some quiet time (possibly meditation), and to sleep.  These are important life choices that our loved ones would want us to make, so don’t feel guilty- you will be around longer to enjoy your life and be less of a burden on those loved ones too.

5)  Try something new. Step outside your comfort zone and discover a whole new world awaiting you.   Is it a new recipe, restaurant, or exercise class?  Is it organizing a monthly dinner party with your friends where each person brings a healthy dish?  You get to decide, try and be creative and have fun with it.

What are your tips to staying healthy?

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