New Beginnings

New Beginnings

The Healthy Hawk is back and fresh at the start of a new year! Although we’ve lost a host, I will carry on and try to do our show proud!

With the new year starting, tonight I talked about New Year’s Resolutions – how to make ‘em and how to keep ‘em!

While I’ve never really been one to make resolutions (not real ones anyway), I’ve decided to make one for this year and have a weekly status update on how it goes each week. So all you out there with a goal – you are not alone! We will make this dramatic and rough trip together! I hope :s

In case you missed the show – here’s the gist! Basically only 12% of people who make resolutions actually keep them, so here are a few tips to help you keep yours:

–          Be specific! You can’t simply want to lose weight – put a number on it, that will make it more attainable

–          Create realistic goals, write them down and make sure you have the time to accomplish them

–          Start small, identify long-term goals and take small manageable steps

–          Change one behavior at a time

–          Tag team – have family and friends (or me!) do the challenge with you for support and encouragement

–          Hold yourself accountable – above all else, be honest with yourself (a little word of wisdom from my momJ)

–          Stay positive! If you slip up now and again, it’s okay! Plan for the mishaps and have backup plans so you don’t get totally derailed

–          Persevere

–          Reward yourself (although, if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t make your reward a tub of ice cream!)

If you’re looking to make a goal for yourself, but don’t know where to start, try some of these goals to go along with our show segments:

Write it and Bite it

–          Consult a dietitian and establish a way to eat healthier

–          Try one new recipe a week

–          Make one balanced meal a week

–          Stop eating fast food (or just one type like McDonalds!)

Hit the Books

–          Achieve all A’s (or B’s, or just no C’s!)

–          Hand in at least three assignments on time (if you’re prone to late hand ins)

–          Achieve a specific average

–          Use at least one learning resource on campus

  • The writing centre
  • Study skills centre

–          Join a campus club – RADIO LAURIER!

Work it Out

–          Lose ___ pounds

–          Half our – one hour work out three times a week

–          Consult a trainer to establish a good work out schedule that suits you

Come Together

–          Rekindle friendship with ______

–          Go visit someone you haven’t seen in awhile

–          Call your grandparents/parents once a week

–          Build people up instead of tearing them down

–          Only say positive things to people

–          Meet one new person

–          Forgive someone that has hurt you

Well there you are folks! I know resolutions can always seem daunting, but not to worry! Keep it small this year and your sense of accomplishment will feel so good that you’ll just keep making goals for yourself!

And most importantly – don’t get stuck in the planning stage – TAKE ACTION!

I hope this has helped! If you need someone to help keep you accountable, contact me and we’ll make your goal a success! rlhealthandwellness@gmail.com

Good luck!

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