New Year, New You

By Kelli Mera, MS, RDN LDN - Contributing Editor for ExecWell

Another year has passed, and we all make the same promises to ourselves for the New Year - some of us are able to achieve them more than others (I find myself as the latter). So, how can we make those resolutions and stick to them? Below are some tips and suggestions on your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.

  • Resolution #1: Lose Weight – this is by far the most popular resolution people make, and it is possible to see yourself through by following a few simple tips:
    • Set small, achievable goals so you can see your progress
    • Keep a food and activity journal to make yourself accountable and responsible for what you are eating and to also keep track of your physical activity (the existence of numerous apps, such as Lose It! and MyFitnessPal make this uber easy!)
    • Wrangle up a support system – the availability of friends and family who can cheer you on will make you successful and happy
  • Resolution #2: Quit Smoking – people who have been successful in kicking their habit owe it to talking to someone who has gone through it before, along with constant self- reminders about how much money they will save once they quit – possibly enough to treat yourself to a relaxing, celebratory vacation!
  • Resolution #3: Being Stress-Free – in this day and age, we inevitably work too hard, and play less often, which leads to constant stress and even health woes. While small amounts of stress can actually boost your energy, large amounts of stress can damage your health, so be sure to allow yourself some time off by using those provided vacation and sick days – you will be happier and healthier for it!
  • Resolution #4: Keeping in Touch – while it seems like a simple task, we are so busy in our lives that we often lose touch with some family and friends, and this can have effects on your health. When you are surrounded by people you care about, you always have a support system to back you up in good and bad times, and this is a positive health factor. Social media outlets, such as Facebook, are a great way to keep in touch with everyone!
  • Resolution #5:   Stop making Resolutions! – quite possibly my favorite “resolution,” especially since I’m part of the population who can’t seem to stick to something. Instead of creating one set goal for the year, broaden your horizons and aim to do something good for your body and soul each month, whether it be taking a long weekend trip, volunteering with a local charity or attending fitness classes. By doing so, you will find fulfillment in being able to achieve something, as well as promoting a healthier and happier perspective to last throughout the New Year!