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January Awareness
January: New Year's Resolutions

The New Year is the perfect time to start new challenges. These resolutions can be an excellent kickstart to make changes happen and help motivate ourselves to improve in some area of our lives. The key is to make it stick! For every goal you have, find a way to break it down into more bite sized steps. For example: Losing 50 lbs. can seem like a daunting task but trying to lose 1-2 lbs. each week is a more realistic task. Do this for 3-4 months, and the pounds will add up. When trying to improve your diet, take a gradual approach. Try not to start with drastic changes; simply add some greens to each meal while still eating your favorite foods. Steadily reduce portion sizes to prevent overeating. When trying to exercise, it’s common to start out with a high intensity with the expectation of the best result. This, however, can lead to extreme soreness, potential injury, and discouragement due to high levels of difficulty. Ease into the workouts for a gradual build-up, expect some soreness, and try roping a friend in to add the comradery.

Resolutions are fun and exciting but true change lies with consistency. Start with smoking one less cigarette, drinking one less coke, working out for just 30 minutes every other day, and eating slightly smaller portion sides. Commit to yourself, stay consistent, and become a healthier and happier you!

For more healthy lifestyle tips, goal-setting techniques, and general health and fitness related questions, please e-mail Vantage’s Wellness Coordinator (

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