Happy New Year!  I’m writing this blog to offer some encouragement to those of you who have set some goals for your 2017.  I hope you are not discouraged  by the statistics that say resolutions rarely work.  I say the start of a new year is a great time to think about what you want your life to look like and feel like.   What’s working well?  What’s causing stress, anxiety, sadness?  What can you do to get healthier?

Asking ourselves these questions (or talking to a counselor, doctor, or coach) can lead us to some helpful answers.  We can acknowledge areas where we need help or want to make changes.  We can start with a clean slate and set some realistic goals.  We can celebrate the small successes, which reinforce the positive behavior.

Something new I’m trying this year is to have an accountability buddy.  My friend Michelle and I are both wanting to reduce our sugar intake, so we’re going to help each other.  She has invited me to text her when I get a craving for a cookie or donut.  I’m going to check in to see what healthy foods she’s eating, helping her create a food diary which she believes will help.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.  Feel free to e-mail me about yours.

Good luck.  You can do it!  Whatever the “it” is that you want to work on.