A+ Family Dentistry January 2019

San Diego Location: 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1

Poway Location: 12915 Pomerado Road Poway, CA 92064 Phone: 858-748-5100

San Diego, CA 92105 Phone: 619-265-2467

The Happy Tooth

A HEALTHIER 2019 The Secret to Keeping Resolutions

It’s the start of a new year, and I’m excited to hear about everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. January is a great time to evaluate your goals and make a plan to really improve yourself and your life.

“Above all else, I think the most important thing to realize about keeping a resolution is that you are going to fail, and that’s okay.”

At the office, we’re starting 2019 off with a 30-day challenge. Many of us start the year with goals to eat

healthier or exercise more, so I thought it would be fun to get the office to band together and start 2019 off right. We’ll have a log board set up at the office, and each day everyone can record their accomplishments. If everyone stays healthy until the end of January, we’ll all go out to dinner. There’s an incredible restaurant nearby, Cafe 21, that serves organic, farm-to-table foods. What better way to celebrate the start of a healthier year than with a delicious, healthy dinner shared among friends? I’m proud to say I was pretty successful with my 2018 New Year’s resolutions. Last January I wanted to work out more and eat healthily, and I’m happy to report I managed to do that pretty well. It was tough, don’t get me wrong. I started out doing yoga in the office, and after I picked up Pilates, I was terrible for the first 30 days! I thought I was getting too old to be flexible. But I stuck with it, and now I’ve noticed a big difference. I’ve also been going to the gym

3–4 times a week in the mornings, and I’ve been eating healthier. Not to say I was perfect by any means, but at the start of 2019, I feel a lot healthier than I did at the beginning of 2018. This past year, there are a few tricks I picked up about how to successfully keep New Year’s resolutions. To start, it’s great to have a partner to share the struggle and keep you accountable. My husband, my sister, and I all go to the gym together, and it’s nice to have someone to share in the struggle of waking up early. Plus, my sister and I can be a bit competitive, and when she works out on her own, that inspires me to keep working out, too. I can’t let her win! Also, if your resolution is to eat healthier, meal planning and meal prep is a lifesaver. It’s easier to resist the temptation of a drive-through when you already have a healthy meal packed and ready to go. Above all else, I think the most important thing to realize about keeping a resolution is that you are going to fail, and that’s okay. There is so much optimism and excitement on New Year’s Day, but by March, a lot of people lose steam. It’s not just New Year’s resolutions. Being a business owner, I’ve fallen so many times on the path to get where I am today. But falling isn’t a bad thing. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall. All that matters is that you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. If March comes around

and you realize you haven’t worked out in weeks, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, pick a day to start again.

It’s never too late to try again because you never fully fail until you quit.

–Dr. Justene Doan

January 2019 Edition

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