Healthy Families New Year’s Resolution

January 2nd, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Ashley Kildow, Healthy Families volunteer and UNO Exercise Science student.

As we start another new year, my goal is to help you set up a resolution for success. Many of us set a goal and only stick with the process for a week or two.  Do we have short attention spans?  Maybe.  But we usually just get overwhelmed, start with little success and then give up.  When setting up a goal you want it to be as specific as possible. Let’s say you want to lose 30 pounds in the next year.  It seems overwhelming and where do you start? A vague goal may more than likely allow you to procrastinate until the final months and try to lose it all fast.  Setting up a monthly plan, like 2.5 pounds a month, will not only allow you to set monthly goals, but also keep you on track to complete the overall long term goal of 30 pounds. This system is much more likely to succeed.

Another consideration is being realistic about what obstacles you might face when trying to achieve your goal.  An example would be signing up for a gym membership. It is good that you took the first step to sign up for a gym, but what comes next? Do you have the motivation to go to the gym and get a solid workout in? Are you uneducated on how to use the equipment that the gym provides? How many days/hours per week can you really get in? These are considered obstacles for you to overcome. Acknowledging these roadblocks before making a goal will help you become more successful.

Next, in order to succeed, one needs to plan. Planning will not only help you stick to your steps, but will help you to stay motivated. Very rarely do you wake up in the morning and say “Today seems like a great day to eat healthy and workout!”  Planning out your meals and your workouts will not only motivate you, but will help you stay on track.  You are more likely to do something if it is already planned in your daily schedule.  We plan meetings, play dates, and other activities. Writing in “Exercise” in your calendar will help you eliminate your excuses to achieve your goal.

Don’t be afraid to look for support.  Talk to friends, neighbors and co-workers and see if they want to work with you on your goal.  They might know of community activities, fitness classes, outdoor activities for you and your family that you all may be interested in. Some examples would be a pick-up flag football game in the park, a spinning, yoga or other fitness class, a small circuit workout that you could do in your living room. There are plenty of community 5k runs and walks.  If you are not a runner, then walking/hiking, biking or rollerblading would be great for teens or family activities.

I know from experience that creating a goal and sticking with it is not easy. I am a college athlete, and I have set up many goals that have fallen through, but fear of failure never makes me want to give up.  If I don’t achieve one goal perfectly, then I modify it and work as hard as I can to succeed at it.  I believe that the hardest thing in to reaching a goal is getting started.  Make this next year the year that you want to succeed and plan for it. Set up a goal that is specific, acknowledge your obstacles, and plan out the ways you are going to become successful.  If you set up this specific goal, something inside of you must want to achieve it. Unleash that passion for success inside and get started.

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