BANGOR – Wednesday we begin a New Year and many will set goals to accomplish during 2020.
“Losing weight, eating better, quitting smoking,” said Ann Soule, Clinical Director of Adult Services at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical center, listing off some of the New Year’s resolutions people will make.
Soule said statistics show many will either fail or not continue with their goal.
“It’s about February that 80 percent of people stop working towards that. And it’s usually because they’ve made it too big, too unobtainable,” said Soule.
She said there is a way people can set themselves up for success.
“Set a smaller objective that allows you to get there, that it gives you something successful in small interims,” said Soule.
She also suggested to join a support group.
“Encourage you and help you on your journey and get you to be where you want to be. And that’s what we do here, we coach folks together,” said Linda Hyman, Regional Coordinator of Northern Maine Weight Watchers.
Soule also suggested to find an accountability partner to help stay on track.
“It makes it more motivating to show up you know, if there’s going to be some people you met at the gym are also going to be there pushing you along,” said Mike Wilcox, co-owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness Center.
Soule said it’s the consistency and habits people create that will help them to reach and attain their goal.