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How to make your New Year’s resolutions last the whole year

Written by Mariya Pogorelova, MD, board certified internal medicine doctor and director of the Mercy Healthy Image Weight Management Program.

An overview to success

We all want to make positive changes in the New Year, and we hope this year will be better than most. Many of us want to get healthy, lose weight, have more energy, and look better.

I see several common traits in my patients who struggle with their weight. They:

  • Lack of a consistent meal plan
  • Make poor food choices, with calorie overdose
  • Eat large portions
  • Lack a consistent exercise routine

To them, and you, I suggest making only one change at a time. I encourage small, but more sustainable changes, so resolutions can last the entire year.

Your change could be one of these:

  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Pack lunch for work every day
  • Include healthier foods in your diet. Don’t buy junk foods.
  • Create a grocery list of healthy foods and stick to it at the store.
  • Use apps or a food diary to record everything you eat so you can monitor your calorie intake.
  • Exercise regularly, even if it’s only for 10-20 minutes at a time.

Weigh yourself once a week, but don’t get upset if you don’t see drastic changes. Your first goal is to stabilize your weight and develop healthy food and exercise habits.

Be patient. Developing good habits takes time, but it definitely pays off. In future related blogs, I’ll talk more specifically about breakfast, calories and exercise.