Healthy Habits Are Hard to Maintain—Even if You Know What Lies Ahead

It’s about that time of the month,” a physician colleague of mine said to me a few days ago, “when our patients start to let go of their New Year’s resolutions.” That is, all those well-intentioned promises we make to ourselves year after year to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, to spend 30 minutes in the gym each day, or to start a walking program.

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