New Year’s Resolutions

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape, or to eat better. I am personally not a fan of these resolutions. The way I see it is, if it is going to take the start of a new calendar year to motivate you to lose weight, eat better, or exercise more, then it probably isn’t going to happen. Now I do think there are ways you can transform these ever so general resolutions into attainable ones that you actually keep. Here are some ideas:

  • no more fast food- just nix it altogether. There really isn’t a reason to ever eat it.
  • one soda a day- whether that is diet or regular. Soda has so many unhealthy¬†attributes it is really a good idea to try and minimize it.
  • eat more vegetables- now I almost wrote fruits and vegetables, but honestly I see so many single fresh fruit items in places like gas stations, cafes, and little stores, that it really is quite easy to get your fix. Vegetables, now that’s a different story. You actually have to make a conscious effort to incorporate them because our society doesn’t make them all that readily available. But I promise you, the more you eat, the more results you will see. They are magic!
  • Figure out how to indulge occasionally instead of often- this is one of my New Year’s resolutions because for some reason I like to have a sweet something after lunch and after dinner most days. If you do it more than 2 times a week, personally I don’t think it counts as occasionally. This is so hard because, if you’re like me, you want to reward yourself for eating so well, so you think a tiny treat is necessary- though it really isn’t. Once a week, allow yourself to have something so tasty and delightful and you can look forward to that something all week, and once you’ve had it, look forward to the next one. Cutting out those often treats will make you feel just that much better.

Well, there you have it! Those are my ideas on how to de-generalize the usual New Year’s Resolutions that we are all guilty of having. Yes, it’s a New Year, but that isn’t always the best excuse to get healthy. Simply feeling good and living a long happy life should be the real reason behind your shape up.