It’s that time again: the exciting transition of embarking on unknowns of a new year, while reflecting on accomplishments in the past twelve months. This milestone ignites hope in many people as they cast their gaze on future growth and progress. Beginning a new year cleans the slate and opens the door to opportunity for improvement across many aspects of our lives.
In a December 2019 survey conducted by “Marist Poll”, four of the top five New Year’s Resolutions respondents made were related to health. These included: eat healthier (12%), exercise more (11%), lose weight (10%), and improve health (9%). And as demonstrated by the FMI (Food Marketing Institute) “U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2019” survey, participants report their “primary food store” as a top ally (49%) in their quest for wellness and what “helps keep them healthy.”
It may not come as a surprise, but not all New Year’s resolutions are kept (although an impressive 73% of respondents in the Marist Poll stated they kept their 2019 resolutions)! Many resolutions are well-intentioned but fall short on execution. As registered dietitians, we commonly see this struggle in our patients or customers and find instead that small behavior changes are what lead to big results. A method called “SMART” goal-setting, which is an acronym for: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely, is one such method. Achievable health goals are positive and encouraging, and can start in the grocery store aisles.
Many of our Kroger Health providers have made New Year’s resolutions in the past, yet have decided to take a more holistic approach in 2020 to hitting their goals:
Patient Care Technician (PCT) Kara shares something that helps her achieve her goals, even in going back to school for a degree while working, is to “find what you enjoy doing and you’re more likely to stay with it.” Even if it’s inconvenient or requires a long commute! Nurse Practitioner (NP) Amanda agrees: “If you want it bad enough, you’ll [find a way to] do it. Get serious about it”. Amanda confesses she has a “type A personality” and finds a lot of success in planning, organizing, and writing goals down to remind herself of what she needs to achieve.
NP Elaine admits she purposefully doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions as she prefers to “continually reflect and try to improve” herself. And Pharmacist Laura gets that. Laura doesn’t like making short-term New Years resolutions, instead she “tries to stay healthy and be a better version of herself” with every passing day. Similar to Elaine and Laura’s strategies, time management experts like Laura Vanderkam suggest considering quarterly goals rather than annual resolutions as a way of perpetually refining ourselves.
Do you have a 2020 New Year’s resolution? What’s one habit you can begin doing in the next month towards accomplishing it?
Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.