The Facts

  • Every January, approximately one in three people resolve to improve themselves in some way
  • About 75% of these people stick to their goals for at least one week
  • Less than half have of this group maintain their goals for 6 months
  • One of the most common goals people decide to work on is losing weight

Planning for Success –

Be Specific. This sets you up for a better opportunity to succeed

  • Decide what is it you want to accomplish
  • What is the time frame to reach the goals?
  • What challenges will you need to overcome?
  • Who will support you along your path to success? (Total Health Services will be glad to assist you on your wellness journey)
  • What are the benefits and the purpose of your goals?
  • Write down your goals on an index card and place it where you will see it everyday
  • Each time you see your goals, read them out loud and reconfirm them

Measureable Goals

  • Goals need to be measurable – if you cannot measure the goal, how will you know if you are succeeding?
  • Examples: lose 2 pounds per week, increase water intake to 8-10 glasses per day, increase sleep to 7-8 hours per night, etc.
  • Track your goals – logging food, exercise, amount of sleep per night, how much water you are drinking per day, what time of day you are eating meals and snacks, what you did for relaxation each day, etc


  • Choose goals you can realistically achieve
  • Take small steps
  • Record and keep track of progress

Celebrate your Success!

If losing weight and making healthy lifestyle changes are your goals for 2014, contact Diane Delf, RN, Director of Wellness and Weight Loss, at