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Reframe New Year's Resolutions in 2018
YMCA is encouraging community members to give their resolution a boost

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!

This year, the YMCA of San Joaquin County is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one. “’Losing weight’ is too broad,” explains Isela Robles, Director of Health and Community Wellness. “Reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable ones. Resolve to incorporate fruits and vegetables into at least two meals a day. If you’re eating out three times a week, make a goal to only eat out two times a week.”

The YMCA of San Joaquin County also suggests that reframing your goals in a positive way can help you stick to them. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2018, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. “Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” says Robles.

The YMCA of San Joaquin County also explains that it’s important to not let yourself get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Nobody got their bad habits over the course of a week, so you’re not going to change them in a week either. Change is a process and bad days are part of that process.

Below are four tips the YMCA of San Joaquin County recommends that will help your 2018 New Year’s resolutions stick.

  1. Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week. Or trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water.

  2. Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month resolution. Focus on that one change for the month, and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.

  3. Choose organization’s like the Y that focuses on a holistic approach to health. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors, like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find an activity that keeps you motivated. Before committing to any program, research a community organization like the Y that offer more health, more hope and more opportunity.

  4. Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2018 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points.

For additional healthy living tips or to learn how to get involved with the YMCA of San Joaquin County, contact (209)472-9622 or visit www.ymcasjc.org.