Advanced Womens Health Center
8501 Brimhall Road, Buld. 300
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Quit biting your nails, losing weight, or learning a new language. You don’t have to shoot
for the stars when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, it is common that most adults
abandon their resolutions by February. With proper planning, this doesn’t have to be the case.
As the new year kicks off it is important to set goals that are S.M.A.R.T. For the sake of the
acronym, let’s use weight loss as an example resolution. (It’s a common one!) Your goals should
If losing weight is on your to-do list in 2019, don’t settle for generic! Discuss with your
provider what your ideal BMI should be, not your ideal shape or scale number. Also consider
AWHC’s weight loss program.
Measurable goals are goals that can have trackable progress. Whether you want
to lose 5 pounds, or 50 make sure your goal has a quantitative aspect to it that can be tracked.
Achievable- Your resolutions should be a challenge, that’s why you’ve got a whole year to do
it! Just make sure it’s something that can be accomplished by breaking it down into smaller
If you are already at a healthy weight, it may not be realistic to set a weight loss goal.
Maybe you are comfortable with your body, but need to focus more on diet improvements! Most
women do not meet their recommended vitamin intake.
Now that your goal is set, it is important to consider time. Maybe it’s your goal to
lose 50 pounds this year. It may be more beneficial to make goals that can be modified every 2-
3 months throughout the year to ensure that you are making consistent progress.
It is also important to remember that no one is perfect! Along with setting SMART goals, ensure
that you are in a positive mindset, one that focuses on forgiveness. Resolutions can be broken
by February, but the good news is you don’t have to wait until the following January to make a
positive change for your health.
Consider non-weight related goals as well, such as: getting adequate vitamins and minerals , or eating foods with better nutrient density. It is also important to maintain regular visits to get a referral for your yearly mammogram and pap smear. Whatever your 2019 resolution is, Advanced Women’s Health Care can help you accomplish it.