January Newsletter

Happy New Year!

a message from your program coordinator

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a safe and relaxing break. I have had so much fun being your Program Coordinator for the past few months, and am very excited for the upcoming semester. We have lots of fun events planned - both of our January events were a hit, so I'm looking forward to what the next few months have in store!

Please drop by to see me if you ever have any questions or just want to chat. I love getting to know everyone, whether it's through mentor drop-in hours, seeing each other on campus, or at events.

Best of luck this semester!


Happy New Year - A message from your Program Assistant

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great first few weeks back to school because we have some exciting and fun events coming up this month! Keep your eye out for our February social event - bowling! I hope to see everyone there.

I am looking forward to being the Program Assistant again for this upcoming semester, and I cannot wait to read your reports to hear what you and your mentees have been up to!

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to e-mail me!

Have a fantastic semester!

Miranda Dupuis

Connecting4Success Program Assistant

What to do if you are entering Winter 2016 on Academic Probation?

If you are entering the Winter 2016 semester on Academic Probation, please contact Sydney as soon as possible! She would like to make a meeting with you to help you get back on track.

You can e-mail Sydney at sydneym@uwindsor.ca, or 519-253-3000 ext. 3468.

happy birthday!

A big happy birthday goes out to some of our members!

January 1 - Jon-An McNeil

January 5 - Rochelle O'Connor, Mackenzie Taiarol

January 7 - Michael Vieira

January 8 - Denise Ehi

January 10 - Corrin Brown, Kris Owen, Inderpal Singh

January 11 - Charles Nyong

January 13 - Evelyn Ntake

January 14 - Jazmeen Zanier, Ankurpreet Kaur

January 15 - Robert Ghile, Nicole Winger

January 16 - Randy Cartier

January 17 - Dima Mashal, Jordyn Severin

January 18 - Shirley Brule, Barbara Hutchins

January 19 - Angela Van Waes, Matthew Day

January 21 - Jaycie Miller, Davis Smith

January 22 - Maha Hammoud, Youstina Asaad, Molly-Gloria Harper, Emilia Iacobelli, Sukaina Kazim

January 23 - Alana Smith

January 28 - Devon Gale

January 29 - Tony Bourdkane

January 30 - Kara Graham

January 31 - Sheribane Kelmendi

How to stick to new year's resolutions

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 a little 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.

What is the best way to stay organized?

An agenda or weekly time management schedule! Try to use one this semester to see better results!

Workouts for a new you!

The Four-Minute New Year Resolution Workout
Quick Fat Burner

Connecting4Success January Newsletter

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