10 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

by TOI Admin December 29, 2014

Chances are at some time in your life you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through. If your resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are 10 tips to help you get started.

1.  Be Realistic - The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.

2.  Plan Ahead - Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31 arrives.

3.  Outline Your Plan - Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that piece of cake. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your “bad” will affect your goal.

4.  Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List - It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.

5.  Talk About It - Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.

6.  Reward Yourself - This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.

7.  Track Your Progress - Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.

8.  Dont Beat Yourself Up - Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.

9.  Stick to It - Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!

10. Keep Trying - If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track.

 

Source: http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-tips-help-you-keep-your-new-year-s-resolution?extcmp=aff_ls&siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-kpwmUkUOqbT0BBavIz5rkg

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TOI Physical Therapy Raises Awareness of Prostate Cancer with No-Shave November

by TOI Admin November 19, 2014

 

No-Shave November is the iconic male movement that raises awareness for men’s health issues, primarily towards prostate cancer. The tradition first began in Australia in 2004 when a group of 30 men grew out their mustaches to raise cancer awareness, embracing the hair that many cancer patients lose.

Today, No-Shave November has evolved from this origin into an internationally recognized movement that continues to advocate for cancers and other health conditions prominent in men. Related conditions include testicular cancer, mental health status and heart disease.

Click here to learn more about No-Shave November and to participate.

Thank you TOI Physical Therapy Staff: Herb, Sam, Kyle, Chad, Will, Thad, Sanjay and Steve.

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TOI is a Proud Sponsor of the 10th Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

by TOI Admin November 17, 2014

The Orthopaedic Institute is a proud sponsor of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in Lake City tomorrow, November 18th, at Rountree Moore Toyota Scion. Now in its 10th year, the Signature Chefs Auction will feature over 20 of Lake City’s top chefs and restaurants. The March of Dimes also celebrates World Prematurity Day, November 17, to encourage everyone to help spread the word on the serious problem of premature birth. To learn more about the March of Dimes, the Signature Chefs Auction and World Prematurity Day, please visit: http://www.marchofdimes.org/

Physician Presentation: Dr. R. James Toussaint's Ankle Talk

by TOI Admin October 29, 2014

Answers to Ankle Arthritis and Pain
Many of us take our feet for granted. When something goes wrong, we are reminded how much we count on them. If you are among those tired of living with ankle arthritis and pain, maybe it’s time to do something about it.
Join us for Joint Talk at North Florida Regional Medical Center. TOI's Foot and Ankle surgeon Dr. James Toussaint will explain non-invasive answers, as well as the most advanced surgical options.
What you learn may just help you get back on your feet.

Thursday, October 30
6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
NFRMC Main Lobby
Serving hors d’oeuvres. Free valet parking is available.
RSVP: 1–800–611–6913.

2014 Halloween Safety Tips

by TOI Admin October 24, 2014

Halloween is always an exciting time of year for children, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are a few safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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