Keep Your Resolution This Year

2017

Are you setting resolutions that you're doomed to break?

If you find yourself breaking your resolutions year after year, maybe the problem is the resolution itself! SwedishAmerican dietitian Molly Sleger suggests that you not only create a resolution – but also a plan to achieve it.

So, if you want to lose weight in 2017, start by setting realistic mid-year and year-end goals. Then, set up a few changes you'll make that will help make your resolution happen:

  • Eat breakfast daily.
  • Take a 20-30 minute walk after dinner.
  • Meal plan once a week.
  • Eat at the dining room table instead of in front of the TV.

If your health resolution is to lower cholesterol, make a plan using these changes: 
Switch to whole grain bread.

  • Eat oatmeal at least three times per week.
  • Eat fish twice weekly.
  • Fill a fruit bowl to be on the counter each week.
  • Try one new vegetable each week.

And if you are trying to lower your blood pressure in 2017, adopt some of these:

  • Keep the salt shaker off of the table.
  • Try a few different salt substitutes.
  • Cook with one new spice each week.
  • Practice yoga for 30 minutes twice weekly.
  • Practice meditation for two minutes each day.
  • Sign up to run/walk a local 5K race.

With all of your goals, Molly says, "Keep track of your progress. It's nice to look back on December 31 at your efforts."