Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN

New Year, New You: The Secret to Successful New Year’s Resolutions


2012 is just days away! After a month or so of making merry, perhaps you’re starting to think about those New Year’s resolutions. Depending on just how naughty you’ve been over the last few weeks, you may feel like you need to make a dramatic change. But in my experience, the bigger the resolution, the quicker it seems to fall by the wayside. A small, positive change that you stick with long enough to transform it into a permanent habit will get you a lot further than an unrealistic pledge that lasts only a few days (or hours).


Another way to give those resolutions staying power is to be specific. Vague goals like “exercise more” are hard to quantify and, therefore, easy to fudge (and, eventually, forget). A specific goal like “walk for a half hour every day after lunch” is more like it. And finally, try to frame your resolutions in terms of a positive rather than a negative. Instead of resolving not to eat candy bars at work, for example, resolve to pack a healthy snack every day.


Here are some more of my favorite petite-but-powerful New Year’s resolutions. (Choose several … they’re small!)


  • • Take the stairs for anything less than five floors.
  • • Drink only unsweetened beverages (water, tea, coffee, or lowfat milk) with meals.
  • • Make the TV room a “no food zone.”
  • • Switch to a higher-fiber cereal.
  • • Pack a healthy lunch at least twice a week.
  • • Eat at least two servings of vegetables before 3 p.m. each day.
  • • Eat fish at least once every week.
  • • Each weekend, make and store at least one healthy meal for the upcoming week (such as a pot of soup, stew, or casserole).


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