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It is that time of year again! Your belly is still full of Christmas cheer among other things such as Turkey, Short Break cookies and Lindt Chocolates! It is time for new years resolutions! Before we get into how to tackle your New Year's Resolutions let me tell you about mine this year as an example.

For this year I would like to lose weight so I can gain more energy as well improve my sleep. I have a second resolution where I want to spend less time on my phone so I can be more present with family and loved ones. I feel like my phone is my biggest time waster in life right now.

It should be noted that most people who set out their goals for New Years Resolutions fall off the wagon by about mid February. So to make sure you get the most out of your goals this year you should have a plan in place to help you try to have a lasting impact rather then something that becomes discarded in 4 to 6 weeks.

Measurable Goals

You want to have goals that are easily tackable so you can ensure that you are able to hold yourself accountable. For myself for example weight loss is an easy goal to track by measuring my weight say once a week.

Something like screen time can be harder to track but luckily there are apps now that give you weekly reports of how long you were on your phone and they go further to break down whether you were being productive or doing other things such as spending time on facebook or playing games.

Do it with a Friend!

You will have friends and family who are also going to be on the New Year's Resolution train and both of you are more likely to succeed if you hold each other accountable. Me and my wife have very similar goals this year for our resolutions so we are going to work hard to keep each other honest and positive. Its good to have someone who is going to push you to do your best.

Find GOOD alternatives to your BAD habits

As far as my weight loss goes one of my bad habits is drinking too much pop. It is liquid sugar and can really pile on the calories. One of my alternatives in the short term will be diet soda. Diet Soda is not even the healthiest so my strategy is to move from diet soda to sparkling water so I can still get that feeling of having something bubbly without all the calories.

As far as my screen time goes I plan to replace any cravings for looking at my phone with something I wanted to do more or anyways which is to read more books. I think reading for me will be a much better habit in distracting me from my phone and keeping me more mentally engaged.

Give yourself small goals!

When it comes to something like weight loss or starting something new it will be helpful if you break it up into smaller goals. If you goal is to lose 30 pounds it may seem pretty daunting. It will be better to break it up into smaller increments such as 10 pounds at a time so you can be more likely to stay on track in regards to your weight loss.

It is okay to take a step back!

Relapses are a normal part of the whole process of changing your behaviour. It takes on average 2 months to form a new habit. Along the way you will have your ups and downs. Do not let your downs discourage you from achieving your goals. Forgive yourself for any setbacks and get back on your horse to try again!

Like I said at the beginning, the average person keeps with their New Year's Resolution for about 6 weeks. But it takes about 8 weeks to form a good habit. So this year, see if you can stretch out that New Years resolution another 2 weeks so you can turn that resolution into a lasting habit!

We at iCare Pharmacy can help you to achieve your goals. We provide a variety of different services such as Free Delivery, managing your refills so you do not run out of medication and reminding you when you are due for a new fill at the Pharmacy! When it comes to your health we try to make things easier so YOU have more time for YOU! Contact us today and let's kick off your new year's resolutions on the right foot!

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