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Dover Elementary Physical Education Department



Coach Wessels


010 Physically Fit Ave


Downtown, NY 1222


With a New Year, comes New Years Resolutions!  Here are some tips to help you stay on track.

1) Set realistic goals. You can’t expect to drop 20 pounds in a month just by watching The Biggest Loser on TV. Break down your goals into small, doable chunks. With the proper diet and exercise regime you could realistically shed 2 pounds a week.

2) Make changes for the right reasons. Society, family, friends or other outside influences sometimes pressure you into thinking you need to live or look a certain way. To be sure your intentions are in the right place, make a list of the pro’s and con’s of achieving your resolution. If the con’s outweigh the pro’s you need to rethink what you’re doing and why.

3) Pick a resolution that means something to you. The more positive energy and excitement you can put toward your resolution, the more likely you are to succeed.

4) Reward yourself for small achievements along the way. However, keep your rewards in line with your goals. It would be futile to celebrate a sugar free week by having an unhealthy meal that could sabotage your progress.

5) Visualize the end result. If your resolution is to make more money per month, create a vision board with all the things and different ways you’d use that money. Cut out pictures, words, quotes or whatever else motivates you and stick it in a place where you can see it daily. Imagine the money is already in your bank account and feel the freedom and excitement that comes with the extra zeros.

6) Make a plan ahead of time. Waiting until 5 minutes before the ball drops  is not the best time to make your resolutions. With a clear head, think about what you want to change and map out a plan of action.

7) Find support. Whether it’s a friend, co-worker, group or coach, tell someone who motivates you what your plan is. Not only will they hold you accountable, they’ll also encourage you to keep going on the days when all you feel like doing is lying on the couch.

8) Tell everyone you know. Once you put it out there, you’re more likely to make it happen. Getting the “I told you so” look is far worse than the actual symptoms of withdrawal.

9) Reinvest in yourself. Find a new behavior to replace your old behavior. For example, if you want to cut down on drinking coffee, take the money you would have spent on your hourly latte and invest it in a healthier hobby like a cooking class. When you keep yourself busy and fulfilled in positive ways, your old habits will become a thing of the past.

10) Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself like you would your child. Use encouraging words. Be patient and forgiving if you get derailed. This is a process and if you’re going to make lasting, lifestyle changes, you need to be your number one fan. No matter what.


By Carly Cooper




Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
Ralph Blum


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Coach Wessels at Dover Elementary School,  877-4700.


Dover Union Free School District   2368 Rt 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 832-4500   Fax: (845) 832-4511

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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