Mike Leeds turned over a new leaf in the New Year.

“Lose weight, move forward, and stop looking back in the mirror.”

Forty to forty-five percent of adult Americans made one or more New Year’s resolutions. Twenty-five percent of them didn’t make it past the first week. Psychiatrist Omar Rieche says they may have gone about it all wrong.

“Once you’ve made that choice, then the next step is to put it in action. It definitely helps if you write it down if you’ve sort of made a commitment to yourself, if you’ve told a friend. All those commitments really start to make you more responsible to that goal to achieving that goal,” says Dr. Rieche, Medical Director at the Behavioral Health Center of Lee Memorial Health System.
Weight loss is one of the top New Year’s resolutions. It was also Mike’s top goal, one he shared with his doctor.

“My doctor told me that I needed to lose weight. My knees were bothering me, my blood pressure was up, my cholesterol was up, and my sugar was up.”

More than a month into the New Year and statistically more than 36% of people have given up their goals but it doesn’t mean they’ve lost their shot at a new beginning. Mental health experts stress you can start fresh, anytime.

“You can slowly introduce those goals as the year progresses. It’s just making it reasonable for yourself, so you’re not overwhelming yourself and you give up before the end of the year,” says Dr. Rieche.

Motivation is key. Mike found it in his children.

“To realize there is a tomorrow and I need to be here for them.”

Others get inspiration looking at how far they’ve come already.

“Taking inventory of what you’ve been able to accomplish is a way of learning how to not only take care of yourself but how to self motivate,” says Dr. Rieche.

“Saw my doctor Monday, down 32 pounds, feel great, knees don’t hurt, walking. Life is wonderful,” says Leeds.

Making a commitment rather than excuses helps your resolve from crumbling.

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