6 Resolutions for Your Resolutions

Stacey Mattinson, MS, RDN, LD

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions for 2018?

While eating healthier and losing weight usually top the charts on New Year’s goals, we know that gyms have all but cleared out by mid-February and no one’s thinking about portion sizes once chocolate-dipped-everything rolls around on Valentine’s Day.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, my primary objective with clients is long-term behavior change, so today I’m giving you 6 resolutions to realize every health goal you have.

6 Resolutions for Your New Year’s Resolutions
1. Be realistic. Set goals you’re 70-80% confident you can achieve.
2. Make it specific. Making a goal to “eat healthier” is too vague. A more specific goal, for example, would be to eat veggies at least twice a day.
3. Put a time limit on it. Identify a timeline for milestone achievements.
4. Quantify! Making your goals measurable makes tracking progress throughout the year more concrete. Is this something that you will do every day? Three times a week? For how long?
5. Make a plan for when, where, and with whom. Identifying the details gives you an opportunity to envision how to carry out your goal in real life.
6. Make a contingency plan. Think about how to overcome your typical barriers to healthy behaviors. What will you do if you sleep through your early morning workout alarm? Can you walk during lunch-time instead or hit the gym on your way home? What will you do if you have to travel?

Resolve to create smart goals with a “backup” plan this New Year. Beginning with a vision of success and thoughtful consideration of potential barriers leaves you more apt to achieve every health goal you have. Remember that if you miss the mark you can start right back over the very next meal.