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New Years Resolution

Weight Loss Tips  •  January 10, 2019

Have A Successful New Year’s Resolution This Year


Sit down and write out specific goals:

“I will find time to exercise 4 times per week”
“I WILL throw away all junk food in my pantry”
“I will stock my house with healthy foods”
“I will meal-prep twice week and keep healthy snacks in my car and at my desk”

Pick just 2-3 specific things to start with, add in something new every 2 weeks:

  • Pack a lunch daily for work
  • Take a walk every night after dinner
  • Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day
  • Only eat out at a restaurant twice a month
  • Only drink alcohol once a week as a treat
  • Cut out all sugary drinks
  • Track food for a week at a time in a food journal or MyFitnessPal app
  • Try to cut out sweet snacks and eat fruit instead
  • Work on core strength and overall strength training 1-2 times per week
  • Try to get 20 grams of protein at every meal of the day
  • Increase the berries and greens in your diet
  • Weigh yourself once a week
  • Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night; make a relaxing bedtime routine
  • Think about buying an inexpensive Fitbit and having a goal of at least 10,000 steps per day

Figure Out What Are Realistic Weight Loss and Health Goals for You

It’s easy to state that you are going to lose 30 pounds over the next 3 months and learn to hike Mount Kilimanjaro, but how will you realistically accomplish this?? Think about your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, and what kind of support you will need through this journey. Be honest with yourself: what sacrifices are you willing to make to make changes in your health, lifestyle and eventually your weight??

What are your obstacles?? Time? Stress? Will power? Fear of failure? Think about what stands in the way of your improved health and tackle it. Talk to friends, your doctor, your coach at the gym, get support and find your inner-strength – it’s there!!!

Build Accountability

We need to hold ourselves accountable to our new goals in order to succeed. All the planning in the world won’t do a thing if we don’t keep ourselves in check.  Find some accentuality partners to help you stick to your goals.

Here are some people who you can make as parts of your “accountability team”:

-Spouse or partner
-Fitness coaches
-Therapist (if needed)

After each minor success, celebrate yourself and be proud of each small step you have taken to a healthier you. You should set small goals for yourself and feel good about achieving each one.  Weight loss and improved health is a marathon, not a sprint.  Enjoy the ride and take your time.

Once you have achieved your “resolution” set the bar even higher. Give yourself a new goal.  Find some new hiking trails, try some new recipes, resolve to help friends find their way to better health. There are so many positive things you can do in life, but the first step is to reclaim your health and then see what life brings after that. Keep challenging yourself and celebrating your achievements.


Elyse Dishler, M.D.
Medical Weight Loss of Chery Hill

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