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December 28, 2023

Forming healthy habits and setting goals that stick


As we approach the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the health goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Have you managed to stay on track, or have the challenges of the past months derailed your resolutions? At  It’s Time Texas, we understand that setting and achieving health goals is an ongoing journey, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. 

When crafting health goals, especially with the new year just around the corner, it’s crucial to approach them in a way that ensures success. One effective strategy is to make your goals attainable. While envisioning the positive impact on your overall well-being is motivating, tackling overly ambitious goals can be overwhelming. Consider breaking them down into smaller, more achievable sub-goals. Ensure your goals align with the S.M.A.R.T criteria – they should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. This approach provides a structured framework for goal-setting, allowing you to track progress and celebrate milestones along the way. 

According to data from YouGov, fewer than 50% of New Year’s resolutions are successfully kept. At It’s Time Texas, we recognize that preparing for challenges is a crucial aspect of maintaining long-term health goals. To help you overcome potential obstacles, we suggest several proactive strategies.

  • Write down your resolutions, create a detailed execution plan, and track your progress regularly. Accept that slip-ups may occur, but have a clear strategy for getting back on track.
  • Share your resolutions publicly to enhance accountability, celebrate even small successes, and build a support system to lean on during challenging times.
  • Most importantly, believe in yourself—your capacity for positive change is greater than you might think. 

As you contemplate your health goals for the upcoming year, consider exploring the diverse resources It’s Time Texas has to offer. Our commitment to promoting health access in Texas extends to our Stronger Texas virtual exercise and nutrition classes. These free classes, featuring Zumba, Yoga, and Mixxedfit, cater to all fitness levels. Additionally, our free virtual telehealth coaching services, available in both English and Spanish, provide additional support and accountability on your health journey. 

Looking ahead, we invite you to participate in our Community Challenge, an 8-week health competition open to all Texans, regardless of fitness level. The challenge kicks off on January 8th, aligning perfectly with the renewed motivation that the new year brings. Join us in making 2024 a year of improved health and well-being. 

Remember, it’s never too late to embrace new health goals. We believe in the power of positive change and are here to support you in achieving your health and wellness aspirations. Wishing you a healthy and happy new year! 

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