I think I've already mentioned that I don't tend to make too many New Year Resolutions. That doesn't mean that there aren't things that I need to do differently. Quite the opposite actually.
Like many of you, I too need to work out more; eat better; and make positive changes. The difficult part is always trying to stick with it. There are always so many other things to take priority that these just seem to fall to the wayside. And isn't always hard to chose between the salad and those yummy fries?
So this year I've decided to change the way I approach my resolutions to help me stick with them.
1. Set realistic expectations. Why set myself up for disappointment before I even begin. Giving up chocolate completely might be impossible for me but I can definitely cut back on my weekly consumption. It's all about baby steps, right?
2. Don't do it alone. I know how hard it is to want to eat better when no one else in my family is doing it. Here I am munching on a carrot stick while my husband is enjoying a nice baked potato with all the trimmings.
So rather than cracking to temptation, I get the family involved. We take the kids to the park to enjoy a nice game of family football. It's much easier to stick to it if the family gets involved plus who couldn't use some more quality family time?
3. Set some dedicated time. Life always gets in the way, doesn't it. Work meetings come up, kids get sick and it's so easy to pretend we didn't make those resolutions. So it's easy to schedule a weekly aerobics class with a friend (see #2) so that I always know what days a week I will be working out. Plus if you're like me, you feel too guilty to call up that friend to say you don't feel like going.
4. Re-evaluate and Recommit. I have to remember why I made the resolution to begin with. Was it to lose a few pounds, or to make a lifestyle change? It shouldn't just be a resolution I make at the beginning of each January. I make the resolution at the beginning of every day, every week or every month. What sounded good in theory at the beginning of the year while on a holiday coma might not be realistic in June.
5. Reward myself for a job well done. It's part of our human nature, isn't it? To be rewarded for working hard? Why shouldn't I reward myself for a job well done? If I kept up with my resolutions all week, I deserve that hard earned glass of wine, right? Or maybe just a trip to the movies - without the kids.
What are some of the resolutions you made this year? How are you making sure to keep them?
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