Dr. Whiteman Helps You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution for 2010

As we say goodbye to 2009, it is that time of year to say hello to our New Year’s Resolutions. While many of us make big promises for the upcoming year, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep these promises to ourselves in the midst of our busy lives. Recent studies by John C. Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton shows that only about 46 percent of people who make New Year’s Resolutions will keep them. Since the statistics were self reported, the real number is probably even lower. Here are some tips on how to keep your resolution this year:

Be Realistic! You know what you are and are not capable of. While you should also push yourself, be aware of what is realistically possible with your other responsibilities.

Make your goals manageable. You may have big dreams in mind for 2010, but make sure to break this huge goal into realistic and manageable steps or benchmarks. If you are trying to lose 30 pounds, break it down to working out 5 times a week or losing 8 pounds in the first 2 months.

Find Support. It is much easier to complete a goal if you have the support of a friend or loved one. They can offer encouragement or give you motivation to keep going. Team up with a buddy and track your progress together, and you will more likely see success.

Know it is okay to make some mistakes. People who experience a setback in their initial goal have a tendency to just give up and throw the entire goal out of the window. Just because you go on one vacation and spend more money than you should, doesn’t mean you should throw out your resolution to spend less money this year.

Make your resolution explicit! If you announce your resolution to people other than yourself, you will feel more accountable in fulfilling it. Tell your friends, post it on your blog or Facebook, or join a support group. If you keep your resolution a secret, no one will know if you don’t succeed – giving you less motivation.

Don’t get discouraged. If New Year’s 2011 comes around and you haven’t exactly lived up to your own expectations, use that as a learning experience and try again. You may need a more realistic goal or just some more motivation.

As you know, many New Year’s Resolutions have to do with weight loss or looking your best for the upcoming year. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer a full cosmetic and surgery services. Whether you want to look and feel younger with injectables, wish to feel more confident with a breast augmentation or touch-up areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction, Dr. Whiteman can consult with you on the best treatment plan possible. Visit our website to see before and after pictures or to schedule an appointment.

Older Women Who Drink Alcohol May Have Higher Risk of Recurrent Breast Cancer

A recent study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium suggests that older women who have three to four alcoholic beverages a week are more likely to have their breast cancer return.
The study, performed though Kaiser Permanente Northern California Cancer Registry, looked at 1,900 women who had beaten early-stage invasive breast cancer between the years of 1997 and 2000. The women, who self-reported the amount of alcohol they consumed weekly, were followed for eight consecutive years.

The findings revealed that the women who reported drinking less than a half a drink a day had no higher risk of the breast cancer returning. However, women who reported drinking three to four alcoholic beverages a week experienced a 30 percent increased risk of breast cancer recurrence. The more alcohol the women reported drinking, the higher the risk. The study also found the risk to be even higher in the women who were overweight.

Researchers believe the cause of these findings to be linked to estrogen. Many breast cancers are propelled by estrogen, and alcohol has been known to increase the rate in which a women’s body processes estrogen.

While these findings do not mean that if you drink alcohol you will get breast cancer or that your breast cancer will return, it is simply another reason to consume alcohol in moderation and strive to maintain your overall health.

Dr. Whiteman is a board member and serves as medical director for The Sport of Giving, a nonprofit organization that has raised over a million dollars in support of breast cancer care and prevention in the local area. It is progressive research such as this study that will help women to be informed about the disease and allow them to make the healthiest choices possible.

For more about Dr. Whiteman’s involvement in the breast cancer cause and to learn about his breast reconstruction ‘buddy system’ visit our website.

Phew! Cosmetic Surgery Tax Thrown Out, Tanning Bed Tax in its Place

You’ll be glad to hear that proposed cosmetic surgery tax discussed in a previous blog entry has been thrown out! Due to opposition from surgeons, pharmaceutical companies, patients, and the American Medical Association, the proposed 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery procedures is no longer in the healthcare reform bill. Instead, the Senate announced a .9 percent increase for some American’s Medicare payroll tax and a new 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salons. While this is good news for the cosmetic surgery and medical industry, it is bad news for the tanning industry and opposition to this proposal is expected.