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How To Succeed This Year

It’s that time again. You made it into 2022 and for some of you, you are determined to succeed with your goals this year. You are not going to make the same mistakes you made in 2021. Well, I sincerely hope so because researchers tell us that 75% of resolutions made in January usually end up in failure.!.gif

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. In fact, you should keep on trying, for giving up is a sure way of failing. So, if you’ve tried and tried repeatedly and still have not succeeded in whatever aiming at, here are some possible reasons why that is happening:

  1. Timing. Most people try to start on their resolutions in January (that’s why it’s called New Year’s Resolutions), but January is a tough month. It’s cold and dark outside —in the Northern Hemisphere— you have already gained some pounds from the holidays, and your budget may be tight, making it difficult to purchase healthy foods.
  2. Lack of planning. Your motivation may be high, but you haven’t made concrete plans to achieve your goals.
  3. Unrealistic goals. “I’ll lose fifty pounds in 6 months,” is an example of an unrealistic goal. Experts tell us we should lose no more than 2 pounds a week, and you do so by eating a lower calorie diet and regular physical activity.
  4. Lack of support. Anything becomes more doable—whether it’s losing weight, studying for an exam, or controlling your diabetes— when you enlist the support of others.

Now you know some of the reasons people fail at New Year’s Resolutions, you can simply reverse the above hints to help you succeed. And most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember what I said about trying? The only way you can fail is when you cease to try.

What will be your turnback moment?

So, I wish you a Happy New Year. 2021 was awful for most of us, but thank God it’s gone. Let us look to 2022 with hope. Remember, nothing lasts forever. Best of luck in all your endeavors. If you need help and support, join my Facebook Network Group where you can get all the help you need.

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How Far Will You Go To Achieve Your Goal?

One mile? Five miles? Ten? If you have been following this blog, you know that most of my posts are aimed at helping people with type 2 diabetes, but today I came across this story about a mother and son in Canada who are walking 100 km to raise money for diabetes research. The boy has type 1 diabetes.

Oscar Munier Martinez is only ten years old, but his life changed when doctors diagnosed him with Type 1 diabetes this past March. With the help of his mother, Anne, Oscar has spent the past few months learning how to count carbs, monitor his glucose and exercise. He has even learned how to give himself insulin injections.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by Dr. Frederick Banting and his team at the University of Toronto. Their breakthrough opened a world of possibilities for people with diabetes worldwide, such as Oscar. Now, the Munier Martinez family is striving towards even better outcomes for those living with diabetes. “We’re not just doing the 100-kilometre walk as a celebration, we’re also fundraising for a cure for diabetes,” Anne Munier said. 

Anne and Oscar have already raised $4000 for their walk, all of which will go to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Canada. Its team is researching how stem cells can derive insulin-producing islet cells that can be transplanted back into a diabetic patient’s body. 

In addition to monetary donations, people have also sent gift cards to help pay for groceries, while others have offered to provide lodging for the Muniers along the way. And the Royal York Hotel in Toronto has offered a room for the last night of their trek, something the mother and son are looking forward to.

Anne reports that Oscar is doing really well in terms of activity level, his motivation and attitude toward life. So what about you? How far will you go to achieve your goal? I don’t mean in terms of physical distance like Anne and Oscar are doing, but in terms of effort, motivation, and will. Are you willing to cut back on calories, increase your physical activity and monitor your progress?

If you are, why not sign up for my 21-day healthy lifestyle challenge that starts next week? You will learn simple changes you can make that will help you lose weight and improve your health. Sign up below.

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Wednesday Wisdom – What Are You Doing Today?

So, what can you do today that will positively impact your tomorrow? Can you eat an orange – as seen in the picture – instead of having an ice-cream bar? Can you drink a cool glass of water instead of soda or juice? Can you add some green vegetables to your steak and potatoes? Can you take a walk?

Do something today that will help you move toward your healthcare goals and watch your life change tomorrow. When you do it, why don’t you record what you did in your journal? Writing it down will make it so much more meaningful and set you on the path to doing more. Here are some journals to get you started, if you don’t already have one. The motivational quotes are  just what you need to get you started.

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Can You Use A Pep Talk?

We all need a little pep talk now and then. When we are feeling down, things are not going our way, or we get that “why bother” feeling. It happens to the best of us. If you’ve never seen this video before, it will give you a flash of inspiration, if you have, it will renew you and help you recommit to bringing out the greatness that is inside of you.

Have a look:

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Taking The Next Step

As I said in my last post, it’s now July and some of you may still be wondering what happened to those lovely New Year’s resolutions you made. Well, you are not the only one. We almost all do it. We make New Year’s resolutions to get healthy, to exercise more and to live a more happy and positive life. Then, as they say, life happens. We fall off the ball and eventually we’re right back where we started a year ago.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of losing our motivation to continue. Reaching the goal might be taking longer than we hoped or harder than we anticipated. But there are things we can do to boost our motivation along the way.

Tell other people about your goal or invite them to join you.

Work on taking small steps every day that leads you towards your goal.

Celebrate your success at preset milestones. Did you go to the gym every day this week? Then treat yourself by going out with friends and don’t be afraid to brag about your success.

Work on changing your thought patterns as you work on the new behavior. If you don’t change how you think about eating healthy, you will likely have trouble maintaining it.

Have fun and laugh at yourself when you slip. But get back on track as soon as you can.

The statistics are scary. If only eight percent of people setting New Year’s resolutions are able to achieve them, then why do so many attempt them year after year and fail? It’s not because they are lazy. Often it’s simply because we set too high a goal or try to achieve too many resolutions at once.

Achieving your goals is a lot like taking a long trip. You wouldn’t set out without a plan on how you were going to get there, where you’d be staying or even what you planned to take with you.

So when you find yourself slipping, take the time to reassess and revamp the plan on how you are going to reach that health goal. Hit the gym, turn down that piece of cake and eat less processed foods. Give yourself a reward, and then get out and do it all over again tomorrow. It’ll be worth it when you finally achieve it.

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