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Keeping Resolutions

Have you been keeping true to your New Year’s Resolution?  If so — great! If not — it is never too late to have a restart. Think of it as a car that has stalled. Put it in neutral and turn the key. Then you (or the car) will be on the way again toward a wonderful destination.

Resolutions often focus on our internal or external view of ourselves. We may want to lose weight, be better toned, stop biting fingernails and so on. Some changes like a new hair style can be easy to make. Others are not so easy. Simple Truth can help with making better food choices if a change of eating habits is part of your resolution.

There are literally tons of books about self-help and making changes. My advice is simple: VIEW.

V is for visualize. Find the image of your desired outcome. Then make lots of copies of it. Post it on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror, dashboard of your car and other places where you will see it. These visuals will prompt a reminder of your resolution.

I is for “If it is to be, it is up to me.” This is a power-packed sentence of just ten little two-letter words. How basic and true. 

E is for encouragement. Employ the support of people around you. Once you vocalize your goal, the commitment level is increased. Other people can help keep you on track. Engage your internal support, too. 

W is for making a workable schedule. Break the resolution into smaller, more manageable segments. I would be overwhelmed if I had a goal of losing 30 pounds by July. But, if I said I would like to lose 5 pounds a month, I could tackle that with greater success. Both goals would yield similar results. Smaller benchmarks and smaller timeframes give more opportunities to check progress. They also create more opportunity to celebrate those achievements.

If your resolution is related to health, weight and/or body tone, look to Simple Truth for great foods. They have just introduced 100 new products! It is easy to find something pleasing to our taste preferences while eating better. Like their new campaign slogan states: “Eat Better. Think Simple.”

What are you VIEW-ing this year?

Karen Ilhardt

Karen’s role as Home Economist in the Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) is to answer customer questions and write about recipes, ingredient substitutions, and Food Safety.  She holds BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University’s College of Home Economics with a specialty in Resource Management.  Karen also has teaching credentials from Miami University (of Ohio) and Wright State University. 

After having been a food teacher for 20 years she transferred to the corporate world in 2011.  Farming and crafting have always been a part of her life.  Karen values being part of our food production and preparation processes PLUS  being able to share those experiences with others.  The Simple Truth Brand embraces the wholesome nature of the foods we select and consume which makes a perfect choice for Karen’s lifestyle.

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