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Small Goals Help Make Resolutions Stick

The 4-H FCS Club will meet on Thursday, January 19 at 4 p.m.  We will be in the kitchen cooking up something good! Youth ages 5-18 are invited to attend.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to stay. To make sure I have enough supplies, please call me at 675-2730 to let me know your child will be attending.

The Crochet MHV Club will meet at the Extension office on Thursday, January 19. 2017 Membership dues are being collected.  The dues are $6 per person.  

Our Sewing for Service group will meet on Monday, January 23, at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. They will be starting a new sewing project: Pillowcase dresses for Operation Christmas Child.  If you can sew and like to help others, this is the perfect group for you!   Continue to look for Christmas fabric on sale! We will rotate back to the Christmas bags for patients at Blair Batson Hospital in a couple of months.  

Healthy You exercise classes are free and meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9  until 9:45 a.m. Make sure that you wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.

Also remember that our  Coffeeville High School Walk a Weigh class will meet on Monday, January 23 at 3:45 p.m. in the high school Auditorium.  The FBC Walk a Weigh Class will have a different schedule this week.  We will meet on Thursday, January 26, at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Life Center.

Resolution 2017

Early each year every website, television newscast, and magazine at the grocery checkout offers advice on New Year’s resolutions. Most of these involve eating a better diet and getting or staying healthy. It’s almost obligatory that I post about making a new start to a healthier lifestyle in the new year.

But, do you really want to read more about what you should or shouldn’t do, eat or drink?

Most people already know, or they won’t be making those resolutions. One newspaper projected that only 8 percent of all resolutions are kept.

The real key to resolutions is how to make them stick. If I ask in a month, will you still be “working on them?”

The experts say that in order to turn good intentions into long-term actions, you need to set small goals that you can keep. These small changes can add up. Other suggestions include making the goals specific. Don’t choose vague goals like “eat more fruits and vegetables” but instead choose something that is measurable and concrete, “cook one vegetable each night for dinner.” Another key to keeping resolutions is to write them down.

It may also be useful to change the title.

Instead of “New Year’s resolutions,” make them “Resolutions for the Year.” Think about doing one new thing each month. Then, at the end of the year you’ll have 12 new habits and a more healthful lifestyle. Develop achievable goals based on the changes you’d like to make for yourself.

Here’s another tip: instead of making one long list, write a goal on the first day of each month on your new calendar or in your phone. That way, you’ll see it at the beginning of each month. Do something new each month, but don’t forget to keep going on the goal from the previous month(s).  You’ll just keep “adding on” each month.

Simple changes and goals can go a long way to making a big difference in your health.

Next year at this time, if someone asks whether you kept your resolutions from last year you’ll be able to say, “yes, 12 of them.”

Article Source: Food and Health Communication, January 12, 2017

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