Focus on the outcome to get past resolution fatigue 

January is a natural time of year to set some health and fitness goals. The challenge is getting your subconscious mind on board, so you have a better chance of success in keeping your healthy habits.

Dieting and exercise are frequent targets of New Year’s resolutions, but those vague thoughts are doomed to failure without a specific goal in mind. Finding something positive to draw you forward is a powerful tool you will need to get through the challenging stretches that lie ahead.

Try adjusting the wording on your goals to leverage positive thoughts. Imagine living with less stress, more energy or enjoying a brighter disposition. These images will help you stick with your new routine better than less-enjoyable words such as dieting and working out.


Use the SMART technique in creating healthy habits

This tried-and-true method of goal setting will help you enjoy success and stay on track, helping you build healthy habits that have a side benefit of weight loss and better overall well-being.

Here is what the SMART acronym stands for:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Timely or time-bound (set a deadline or target date)

Writing down your goals and the steps you will take to get there has been shown to be more powerful than simply thinking about them. You also might try enlisting an accountability partner or an exercise buddy, even if it’s virtually or long distance.

Try to avoid comparing your results or goals with anyone else. Your effort and your goals are yours alone. Factors such as overall health and age make everyone’s journey specific to them.


Healthy eating is a good first step

Chances are you will be able to enjoy some quick success simply by making some healthy food choices. Eliminate processed foods from your diet and replace them with fresh selections from your store’s produce section. Nuts, fish and avocados are great sources of the healthy oils your body needs for optimal health. If you are a meat eater, eat a variety of meats while sprinkling in other proteins such as seafood.

Be aware of how much sugar is in your food, and make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking enough water will help you feel less hungry during the day while helping your body operate efficiently. Cutting down on sugary drinks and foods will contribute to better dental health in addition to helping you feel better.


About Janssen Dental Clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Janssen Dental Clinic features the dental expertise of Dr. Craig Janssen, a third-generation dentist serving patients in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the surrounding area. Dr. Craig and his staff specialize in oral health as a component of overall well-being, a philosophy of care known as biological dentistry. They have expertise in reducing the fear and anxiety that people of all ages feel over going to the dentist, with services ranging from routine cleanings to restorative and cosmetic procedures. Call (920) 983-8383 to schedule an appointment. New patients are always welcome.