Are These Healthy Resolutions On Your 2019 List? How To Stick To It!

By now, those New Year’s resolutions have been made.  Are you one of the millions who carefully drafted a New Year’s resolution list for 2019?  If getting and staying healthy is part of that list,

By now, those New Year’s resolutions have been made.  Are you one of the millions who carefully drafted a New Year’s resolution list for 2019?  If getting and staying healthy is part of that list, you may want to take a look at these nine tips to boost health year-round from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and make sure you haven’t missed anything important!  If you are on Facebook, you can view the video here.  While many people vow to lose weight, exercise more, and eat better, good health is about so much more than that.

What about STICKING with those resolutions once you have made them?   It isn’t easy, but you CAN do it.   Here are some great tips on how to stick with those resolutions, whether they are health-focused or in other areas of life.

  • Start small. Make sure your resolutions are not so grandiose that no one could possibly achieve them.  Small smarts will ensure that you have a better chance to succeed, which means you then build up even more confidence to tackle MORE!
  • Change ONE behavior at a time. If you hope to quit smoking, reduce the number of sweets you eat, schedule more exercise time, and try to get 8 hours of sleep per night, it is likely going to be overwhelming to do all of that at once. Start with one behavior, work on it, and make some progress before you tackle another.
  • Enlist the support of others. Maybe you need an accountability partner to make sure you are hitting the gym three times a week. OR maybe you need someone to call when you get the urge for a cigarette.  A friend, family member, or co-worker may be just what you need to help provide the needed support as you make healthy changes.  Sometimes professional help is needed, and that’s o.k. too.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to your health care provider if you need help and support that goes beyond that family and friends can provide.
  • Celebrate small successes. Nobody flawlessly achieves each and every goal that is set.   Success is not a linear process and sometimes we take one step backward for every two steps forward, but we are still ahead!  Celebrate the small successes and be inspired to move ahead.  If you have a relapse and have that cookie, get back on track right away and don’t beat yourself up for slipping up.

 

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2019!

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.