As we finish out another year you begin to hear the question “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” But we know that these tend to be statements that don’t last for long.
Although the definition of a resolution is “to make a decision to do or not do something,” not being able to follow through with these does not mean you are a bad person. It just means that these beginning of year statements are not a realistic way that life happens.
It is important to take some time to applaud yourself for any success you have had the previous year and know that you can add to it in the coming year.
Some of the common resolutions that you will hear include:
Quit a bad habit
Save more money or spend less money
Instead of making a resolution this year towards any of these things I encourage you to enter the new year with a new mindset. Invest in a journal that you can start writing down the things that will help you live your ideal life. Researchers have discovered that when you write things down you are more likely to follow through and remember them.
It is important to remember that your lifestyle developed through many small steps. If you are struggling with weight, it isn’t something that happened overnight. Slowly your various small habits led to the things that are challenging you now.
Let’s start taking small steps to reverse those habits. If you need to use January 1st as a start, then do that. Here are some examples of small steps to help:
Park at the back of the lot
Do one yoga pose or stretch each day
Remove one packaged item from your grocery cart
Learn one new hobby
Drink an extra glass of water
Read for 30 minutes each day
As part of my healthy lifestyle, I decided to learn to play the keyboard. As part of my healthy routine every morning when I wake up, I practice one song. The other part of my healthy routine is completing 10 minutes of exercise. It could be working on my arms or doing squats, each day is different.
Make sure that you are setting an intention to do things that aren’t related to food or weight. The more you can fill your life with joyful things the less you will focus on your weight.
Do not join a weight loss program! Unless the program focuses on your lifestyle! Programs that focus on food will unbalance your system. You may experience positive results in the beginning, but one misstep will lead to potential weight gain. My belief is you need to enjoy food. If you are focused on healthy food 80 to 90 percent of the time a cheat every once in a while, is not going to matter.
Make sure that you focus on Vitamin J – Joy! Each small positive step you make will lead to your ideal life and weight.