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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Catching up with resolutions

  • Have you kept your New Year's Resolution? The most common statistic when it comes to resolutions is that we do not keep them. According to many different sources, only about 8 percent of Americans successfully achieve their New Year's Resolution.
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  • It is February already. Really, where did the time go?
    Have you kept your New Year's Resolution? The most common statistic when it comes to resolutions is that we do not keep them. According to many different sources, only about 8 percent of Americans successfully achieve their New Year's Resolution.
    If you have kept on track, great job keep up the hard work. If you have fallen off the wagon, get up brush yourself off and get back on. There are several different ways to get back up.
    How many resolutions did you make this year?
    One, two, five? Start with one resolution, make it specific and go with it. Saying, "I want to lose weight" is not a resolution; that is a statement. Committing to losing 10 pounds in three months is a resolution. Setting a measurable goal is the first step to making your resolution stick.
    Have you kept your New Year's Resolution? The most common statistic when it comes to resolutions is that we do not keep them. According to many different sources, only about 8 percent of Americans successfully achieve their New Year's Resolution.
    Part of making a new habit is creating new neural pathways.
    Focus your thoughts on the new behavior to create new neural pathways and it will start to become second nature like the old habit. The more often you perform a task or thought process, the more ingrained the neural pathway becomes and the easier it is to perform the new task.
    Do you allow minor setbacks to derail your whole resolution?
    It took a while to get where you are today, so it is going to take a while to reset yourself. Even though instant gratification is the norm in our society, it is going to take a while to reset those neural pathways and see improvement in your situation.
    Do you notice that you would rather fail than make a plan to avoid temptations?
    Yes, it is easy to go through the drive-thru, grab the pack of smokes you still have sitting at your bed side, but think of how much better you will feel if you avoid those temptations and make a plan to change them.
    Have you been keeping track of yourself?
    Taking a few minutes each day to write down what you ate, when you exercised, and how you felt can be a great motivator. If you are not the pen and paper type there are many different apps out there to put on your phone that help you monitor what you eat, do and feel throughout the day.
    Do not get discouraged; start over with a new plan. If you have been staying on track keep up the good work.
    Page 2 of 2 - Candace Davidson is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA. She has a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and is an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.

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