Resolutions lagging? Don't give up!

Restart your resolutions with tips from OMRF President Stephen Prescott
by OMRF Published: February 18, 2014

How is that New Year's resolution going?

It's February and plenty of people are looking back at a tough January and a pile of broken resolutions. But don't be discouraged, said Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D.

“Creating new habits can be difficult. Breaking bad ones can be even harder,” he said. “Much of our daily lives are filled with ingrained habits we've had for years. So if you've tried and failed, it's time to try again.”

According to a Gallup poll, former smokers had to quit using tobacco an average of 6.1 times before they finally kicked the habit.

“That's for smoking — one of the deadliest habits around — and people had to try again and again to stop,” Prescott said. “So it's OK if, at the end of January, you weren't completely on track. The key is getting back up when you fall.”

Try these steps to give yourself a better chance for success this time around, he said.

1.Prepare. Making the decision to change is important, but you have to set yourself up to succeed, he said. If you're trying a new diet, go shopping and get the foods you'll need for the week's meals. If you're beginning a workout regimen, talk to your doctor and make sure you have the right equipment.

“Even if your resolution is just to read more this year, you need to prepare. Choose a book and set aside the time in your schedule to read or else it just won't happen,” he said.

2.Get help. Struggling with a new lifestyle can seem lonely, but other people are doing the same thing. Finding a support group — be it a friend at the gym or joining a healthy eating club online — takes some of the pressure off, Prescott said.

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