Wellness Wednesday: making your New Year's resolutions stick

Posted at 9:49 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 11:49:53-05

BOISE, Idaho — We're a week into 2020 and if you're struggling to keep your resolutions, we have ways to help you plan ahead.

Many resolutions deal with health and weight loss. Unfortunately, statistics show the majority (80%) of people will drop their resolutions by the second week of February. Some of the biggest issues standing in the way of resolutions include: unrealistic expectations of the resolution, the time frame to achieve their goals, or an unrealistic plan to try and reach their goal.

If you are trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, try to stick with just one specific plan. Focus on the basics to help you achieve success, no matter which plan you choose. Make sure you choose a realistic plan that fits into your current lifestyle. If you envision yourself trying a diet or health plan but can't see yourself sticking with it through February, you need to try a backup plan.

When picking a plan, make sure it includes three things. First, make sure you have a plan for measurement. It's important to measure your food and portions and intake, but it's also important to make sure you have a plan for measuring your effort. If your goal is weight loss, you can't always control if the number goes down as much as you wanted but you can control that you snack on something healthy versus something unhealthy.

Tracking and having accountability is another important step when trying to reach your goals. Using apps or a journal to record your efforts gives you a way to visually see how you're doing and keep up with your plan. You can also keep yourself accountable by being prepared with some quick grab-and-go healthy snack items.

If you want a little boost to help you on your health journey, Saint Alphonsus in Boise will host seminars to show you the best practices to reach your goals. You can check out a full calendar of events here.