Thursday, February 4, 2016

Did you go back to the doughnuts this morning?

Busted!
It's February--the traditional time to abandon the New Year's Resolutions.

Stacey Kendrick, a health educator at Vanderbilt, says making lifestyle changes takes time. Setbacks are part of it.

Often people give up when they have a setback (duh).

Did you forget to break your resolution into manageable goals--not lose 50 pounds, say, but 5% of your body weight?

And you cannot give up.

If you do have a setback--sleep through the alarm all week instead of going out in the cold to the gym or eating a pizza...you need to act.

--Energize your goal, Kendrick says. Try a new gym, get new workout duds, walk with a buddy, join a support group.

--Review your history of setbacks.Try to discover the triggers.

--Be kind to yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it. Not that you are a big weak clod.

Above all, I would add, just pick up where you left off and carry on.

And put that thing down, guy, you're freaking me out!

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