Kingman diet tip: Keeping resolutions

Eunice Mesick

Eunice Mesick

Hi. This is Eunice from Diet Center. According to an Inc. study of 2,000 people, these are the 10 most common resolutions that were made in 2019.

  1. Lose weight/Eat Healthier

  2. Exercise More

  3. Spend Less Money/Save More

  4. Learn Something New

  5. Quite Smoking

  6. Read More

  7. Change Jobs

  8. Drink Less

  9. Spend more Time with Family/Friends

  10. Get Organized

Starting the first of the year seems like it would be a good idea to make a list of things that we would like to accomplish. The only problem is most of the time that list of resolutions never makes it off the kitchen table.

So, what do we do? First, take that list and turn them into goals. Eating Healthier might turn into I am going to drink less soda, or I am going to eat more vegetables. Drinking more water might mean drinking less soda. Keeping frozen veggies on hand might mean eating more vegetables. Working on those two things might help with Spend Less/Save more. Now let’s take #4. Maybe #6 will help us to Learn Something New. How do I do that? Look at what you’re spending time doing. Maybe a few minutes can be pulled from one activity and devoted to Reading More.

How do we treat goals differently than resolutions? We must turn them into habits. How do we do that? Be consistent and work at it every day. How do I do that? Keep it simple. If it’s too complicated, we won’t do it. Take #1 for example. You could come to Diet Center and we have it all spelled out for you. Even for the eating healthier portion you could do the same but that may not be necessary. Examine what you’re eating and what you want to change. Write down exactly what you want to change. Keep what you need on hand. Maybe you believe you go through the drive-thru too often. Think about why you do that. Is it because you don’t have the groceries you need, or you don’t have them prepared? Keep it simple. Keep things on hand so you can grab and go. What about #5? How do I do that? Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things a person will do but it will have the biggest health benefits. First, don’t buy cigarettes. If you don’t have them, you can’t smoke them. Why and when do you smoke? If it’s to relax do a different activity. If you’re used to smoking outside the bay doors at work, don’t go out the bay door. Go to your car and read or walk for 10–15 minutes. Still take that break. Just avoid areas you smoked at.

Never say “I can’t” in connection with your goals. When we do that, we turn our minds off to new ideas that may help us to achieve our goals.

Every month reexamine your goals to see how you’re doing. We feel better working at something rather than worrying about it.

If you’re struggling with weight loss, call me at 928-753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave. in Kingman.

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