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New Year’s resolution checklist for 2018

by Mike Libbey

Ok, let’s examine how to stick to your New Year’s resolution for those that are still adhering to their plan.

The absolute main way to success is not allowing yourself to accept excuses which will cause failure in reaching your goal. The goal can be weight loss, an exercise plan or to quit smoking. Once you give in and say, “Just this one time,” you’re most likely not going to succeed. Look back on previous New Year’s resolutions and remember why you didn’t’ reach your goal? You’ll most likely recall the time that you gave an excuse such as “I’ll do it tomorrow,” “I’ve had a hard day and I deserve this treat” or “I’m so stressed out.”

So now let’s look at how you can change your attitude about making up excuses. Let’s acknowledge how hesitation can derail your goal. If you hesitate more than just  five seconds you’re most likely to give in. So next time someone offers you a something that you know you should avoid, just immediately walk away. Each time you’re able to do this it actually gets easier and gives a feeling of being successful that builds up will power. Many people will say I can’t do it because I have no will power, which is a false statement. This is not something that you are born with but is developed from numerous small successes. The more you accomplish any task, big or small; your will power will grow in strength.

Another popular New Year’s resolution is starting an exercise plan. Again the main excuse is there just isn’t enough time. So instead of not doing your 45 minute workout just do five  minutes so you don’t get out of the routine. Five minutes is better than zero minutes and anyone can find this amount of time to do a mini exercise session. Remember, no excuses.

Start trying to think in a more positive matter, it really works. Many people have a deep subconscious belief of being a failure and basically fulfill that without knowing it. The good thing is your subconscious mind can be reprogrammed. It takes time but can be done simply by thinking good thoughts about yourself and by accomplishing small tasks. So remember the two things not to do are allowing excuses or hesitate from being the best that you can be. Have a great new year.

More information

For more information about any of the free services offered by the Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team, visit the website at or call the Drayton/Palmerston office at 519-638-2110 or Clifford office at 519-327-4777. Like the team on Facebook (Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team) and follow them on Twitter (@MintoMapleton) for healthy living tips and information on upcoming programs and events in the area.

Mike Libbey, is a Registered Dietitian with Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

February 9, 2018


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