A new year is upon us and if you are like most of us, you may be thinking of making some New Year’s Resolutions. While you may be contemplating trying something new in 2016, maybe a better way of thinking about your resolutions should be, “What should I give up?” If you want to make real healthy changes, it may not be so much what you should start vs. what you should stop.
What Habit Does Not Serve You?
When you think about what your bad habits are, some people may just have one or two. But, for many of us we could make a list that covers a whole sheet of paper. Regardless of the number of bad habits on your list the solution to conquering them is same: prioritize and tackle each one step at a time.
Take a look at your list and then prioritize the one or two habits you want to overcome first. Then go down the line until you have spread your list out into smaller, more manageable goals. By breaking the overall list into smaller parts you are more likely to stay focused on and accomplish an individual goal. Accomplishing these goals will then motivate you to keep working on the other bad habits.
For each goal you accomplish congratulate yourself on making a difference in your life and health!
By: Molly McBrayer, Clinical Manager, Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services