Setting successful resolutions

Happy New Year!

The New Year traditionally marks a fresh start–a time when we all begin to think about what we want to improve upon in the upcoming year. Self-evaluation is great. But I don’t like resolutions. You may think that sounds synical; but here’s why: they tend to be short-lived. Think about it–how many times have you set one of these goals for your New Year’s resolution: “This year I will lose weight” or “I will take better care of my diabetes this year.” Did you succeed?

Usually New Year’s goals are not successful because they are too lofty in the first place and not set up for action. You may have some great resolutions in mind; but they’re usually great long-term goals. Successful resolutions start with a clear-cut plan of the actionable steps you will take to reach these goals. That means set a small, measurable and achievable goal that will lead to success. When you achieve one goal, set a new one. Now you’re on your way! Here’s a couple examples:

Instead of: “This year I will lose weight,” set a smaller goal that will help you get on track for weight loss by making a small improvement in your current lifestyle. Some small goals that you could select are:

  • I will include a vegetable at lunch and dinner
  • I will keep a food record to track my calorie intake
  • I will only eat out twice during the week
  • I will exercise 3 times per week and my options are walking outside, doing an exercise video or going to the gym.

Instead of: “I will take better care of my diabetes this year,” smaller goals you could select are:

  • I will check my blood sugar once per day and record it in my logbook
  • I will read labels and count the carbs at each meal
  • I will exercise 3 times per week and my options are walking outside, doing an exercise video or going to the gym.

If you’ve met with one of our Educators, you’ve worked through that process. So pull out your list! If you haven’t set any goals, perhaps set some now; just make sure they are reasonable, like the ones above. These goals aren’t resolutions, but steps toward lasting change that will help you achieve a healthy lifestyle and better diabetes control.

Are you still wondering what might be the right goals to set? Did you know that Diabetes Educators can help you figure this out? We’ll also help you decide what might be reasonable and achievable for you. All the while answering your questions about carb counting, blood glucose monitoring, exercise, etc. If you want help getting the New Year started off right, schedule an appointment with the St. Anthony’s Diabetes Educators by calling 314-525-4508. If you don’t have diabetes, our experienced, Registered Dietitians can help you too.

Have a happy, healthy New Year!

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