Sabal General Dentistry Harlingen January 2019

January 2019

321 S. 13th St., Ste. 101, Harlingen, TX 78550 | | (956) 428-5300

A Work in Progress The Secret to a Successful 2019

I have a confession to make. In the past, I’ve failed my New Year’s resolutions. Okay, this probably isn’t much of a confession considering most resolutions made on New Year’s Day are forgotten by March. As I see it, the problem isn’t in the fact that we make resolutions, but in what those resolutions are. Many of the goals we set for ourselves are pretty unrealistic and often focus on losing a bunch of weight quickly or working out every single morning starting on Jan. 1. The problem is that these kinds of resolutions demand too much too fast,

“The best New Year’s resolutions are the ones that focus on positive things.”

the experience and support each other on the days when we wanted to call it quits. Plus, it’s easier to follow through when you have someone else relying on you.

setting us up for failure. Instead of focusing on a number and labeling our resolutions as successes or failures, it’s okay to change your habits little by little. Life is an ongoing process, and it’s okay to not be finished yet. The best New Year’s resolutions are the ones that focus on positive things. In recent years, my resolutions have been about picking up healthier habits. Some years are more successful than others, but in 2018, I made a resolution to start jogging. I’m proud to say I really stuck with it! My husband and I ran a few races together, including a Spartan obstacle race last March. I also completed a few 5Ks on my own. Going into 2019, my goal is to build on the progress I’ve made. I want to stick with jogging, run a few more 5Ks, and expand my habit in regards to physical fitness. My ultimate goal for 2019 is to do some sort of exercise or physical activity every day. Changing your habits is never easy. I struggled when I first started jogging last year, but I’ve discovered new secrets to help you stick with whatever goals you make. Something I’ve found to be really helpful is to tell other people about my goals. This helps you be more accountable. Or take it a step further and get other people involved. My husband and I started jogging together and it was fun. We got to bond over

The last tip I have for sticking to your health goals is to pick something fun. I really enjoy jogging. It’s not always easy, and sometimes my body wishes I would quit, but I like having that time to myself. It might only be 30 minutes, but it’s peaceful and I can listen to music or podcasts for a little while. If you want to get into shape, look for an activity you like. That might be Zumba, spin class, swimming, weight lifting, or martial arts. There are so many ways you can get healthy and still enjoy the activity, even when it’s challenging. If you hate what you’re doing, you’re not going to stick with it. New Year’s resolutions are a great opportunity to improve ourselves, but I believe our year shouldn’t be defined by one resolution. Every year brings new opportunities and that’s something to be excited about. Looking back on 2018, maybe you didn’t achieve that health goal, but you did take a trip with your family, pick up a new hobby, or start a job you really enjoy. Like I said, life is a work in progress, and there are countless ways we can make it better.

– Dr. Diana Cabrera

Here’s to a wonderful 2019!

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