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December 21, 2018

Rethink & Reframe Your Resolutions

By Lalita Llerena

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to them is hard. Changing behaviors is a tough task even for the most dedicated and motivated people. Remember any change takes time, and the type of resolution you make plays is a huge factor in your success.

While there is no “right way” to keep a resolution, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay are encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by:

  1. Starting Break big resolutions into small, achievable goals. “Getting healthy” is too broad. Reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable goals. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week.
  2. Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month Focus on that one change for the month and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.
  3. Keep the faith. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps, that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Bad habits aren’t created in a week, so you can’t change them in a week either.
  4. It’s all about attitude. It’s important to think about what you’re gaining from a resolution rather than what you’re missing. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable. For example, you may want to limit your screen time. That can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or family time.
  5. Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2019 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points.

Many of you may want to join a gym to help keep your resolutions. It’s important to find a facility where you feel comfortable, but also keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of your local YMCA. Your facility should not be just a gym, but an environment that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity.

This New Year, join a cause that benefits yourself as well as your community. Log on to http://www.ymcatampabay.org/find-your-y/ and let one of 26 locations across five Tampa Bay Area counties help you take the best care of yourself! If you’re traveling, Nationwide Membership gives you access to YMCA facilities across the country. This way, you can use the Y as often as you’d like, making it easier to achieve your health and wellness goals.

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As the communications director, Lalita Llerena oversees all internal and external communications for the Tampa YMCA. Before starting her public relations career, Llerena managed a 24-hour local TV news team as an executive producer. Prior to her nine years in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market, Llerena produced, reported and anchored for TV and radio outlets in Orlando and Gainesville. She graduated with a communications degree from the University of Florida. She lives in Riverview with her husband, Danny, and their 9-year-old daughter, Daniella, and 4-year-old son, Logan.