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  • Dr. Liz Homan

New Year, New Goals

As 2017 draws to an end, we all start planning for 2018 and with that, usually comes New Year’s resolutions. What do you want to achieve in 2018? What plans do you have for your family? That is all well and good, but how many of you follow through with your New Year’s resolution? How many of you write down your goals and plans for your family? Did you know that around 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by February? Well, I want to share some ideas with you in helping you not only keep your New Year’s resolution, but also achieving the things you want to do in 2018! So, what are your New Year’s resolution? Maybe to start an exercise program, change your diet, be healthier, possibly start a family, get a dog, start living a minimalist lifestyle, what about changing your career path to something you are more passionate about? Some of those sound familiar to what you would like? Well, let’s talk about what you can do to help become successful at reaching your goals! One of the biggest reasons that we fail at our resolutions is because we do not outline the proper steps that we need to do in order to achieve our goals. And honestly, we set our goals a little too high! So, thinking about that, let’s say we have the goal of getting healthy in 2018. First of all, what does that really look like? Maybe shedding a few pounds, starting to exercise, eating a healthier diet. The first thing to do is to write out what you want to see happen, and then break it down into smaller, achievable steps. We cannot expect for everything to change overnight. Let’s use the example of eating healthier - maybe it would be a good idea to limit the amount that you are going out for dinner and start prepping your own food. Let’s say you are currently going out for dinner 3 nights a week, how about reducing that to only two nights a week for the first month, and then the next month reduce it down to only once a month. But when you do that, it now means you need to cook at home, which we all know takes time and effort. 😳 To help with that, it will be beneficial to start planning out meals and then also meal prepping to help save time (so having your groceries purchased and the veggies and meat ready to cook). You see how making these small steps will lead to you eating healthier? When we have a plan in place, it is much easier to stick to it and then we reach our goals! We also feel that in order to achieve our resolutions, we need to eliminate things from our life. We need to stop this thinking, and start thinking about positive actions we can add to our life that will help make reaching our resolution possible. Let’s go back to the same example of reducing going out for dinner. Yes, you are giving up eating out, but you are gaining so much more. You are now able to teach your children about food prep and how to cook, you will know what is in your food, and you get the joy of sitting around your family table and sharing about your day together as a family! And the best part is, you can do it all in the comfort of your sweats! At least in our house! 😀 I want to share with you all what my objectives are for 2018- I want to grow my practice in a way that I am able to serve more families and kiddos so that they can have the year that they want, where they can be healthy, and participate in fun family adventures. I have put steps into place, like I suggested above, to help me get there. This is one of those steps (monthly blog posts), so if there is a specific topic that you would like me to talk more about, let me know and I will get it on the calendar. We also want to work on living a more minimalist lifestyle, where things are not near as valuable as our time and actions! I also want to do better at exercising on a regular basis, so let’s work through our resolutions together and to help motivate us to at least get to the end of January, we will have a patient appreciation day in the office on Monday, January 29th to celebrate our victories! (Don’t worry, there will be healthy snack options!) We will also be running a new patient special that day, so if you want to share this with a friend or coworker, that would be greatly appreciated!

Happy New Year! Please let me know what you thought of this and if it was beneficial! Thanks!

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