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Making Resolutions Stick

Monday, January 06, 2014 8:55 AM | Deleted user

I am Kristen Herlihy, and I live in Woburn. I am a clinical social worker providing therapy to children & families, plus the owner & instructor for Baby Boot Camp ® Woburn/Winchester and mom to my 2 year old toddler, Connor. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you about how to balance the many demands that we as parents have in our lives. Whether we are stay-at-home parents or full time employees outside of home, we want to do the best by our children, and that means taking care of ourselves as well.

Happy New Year!  Now that the party dust has settled, those gifts have been opened and the relatives have all gone home, it’s time to get organized and ready for a new and busy year.  But where should you begin?  You’ve made those New Year’s resolutions time and time again, but the changes never seem to stick.  Let’s resolve to make this year different, and keep those changes going all year long.

One of the first recommendations for any type of change in your life, whether it is based on fitness, nutrition, lifestyle or anywhere in between, is this:  plan big, but think small.  Go ahead and think long term – want to lose those last 20 pounds?  Been trying to work meditation into your day, but cannot seem to find the time?  Whatever your motivation may be, it is great to think down the road as to what you’ll need to accomplish in order to feel accomplished.  Mark that finish line clearly in your head, and you’ll know your goal once you have reached it.  So now think about all of the steps that you will need to get there.   

Runners know where the finish line is, but they also know that there are many, many steps before they reach that finish line.  So be that runner.  Make a list of the small accomplishments that you think you’ll need to get to in order to reach your long term goal.  For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds in 2014, that’s 52 weeks.  With less than one pound per week, what little change do you want to make to reduce calorie intake while increasing output?  See how it works?  By thinking in smaller quantities, you can work towards that goal in small increments over time, rather than looking at the long term as far off and unattainable. 

Finally, remember to make it fun and allow yourself those times of rest.  Studies have shown that in order to integrate any lasting change into your routine, you’ll need at least three weeks of consistent & daily effort towards that goal.  That can be difficult when we are balancing the office, our homes and our families, so keep that in mind when setting your schedule.  It is ok to take a day off here and there, and give yourself little “victory laps” along the way.  As you reach your short term goals, you’ll be that much closer to your finish line and a healthy new you.

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