New Year New Me???
New year new you? If it was only that simple. For most people, a new year’s resolution is short-lived. Just because the calendar changes doesn’t mean your challenges and obstacles have. Are you magically going to have more time? Are you really not going to text that certain someone? Let’s be honest, will your will power dramatically increase this year without putting forth some actual effort?
Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick
Keep your resolutions simple. Make sure your goals are clear and achievable. You might not be able to lose twenty pounds, purchase a new wardrobe, take up yoga, run every day, and give up sweats, but you can focus on one or two of those issues.
Manage your time appropriately. For most people, as they age life becomes more complicated and your time is slowly picked away year by year. Make sure to manage your time appropriately for your new goals. A helpful tip is to wake up early and tackle your resolution before the day begins.
Write a plan down. Have a plan with clear objectives, goals, and timelines – make sure to have a plan B as well.
Choose carefully. We can’t fix all of our problems at once so choose wisely. When you clean your apartment you don’t do it all at once, but tackle the mess one item at a time. Make sure to focus on resolutions that will improve your overall health and happiness.
Be realistic. Examine your past failures and successes and set your goals accordingly.
10 to Zen – Letting Go In The New Year
- Let go of comparing.
- Let go of competing.
- Let go of judgments.
- Let go of anger.
- Let go of regrets.
- Let go of worrying
- Let go of blame.
- Let go of guilt.
- Let go of fear.
- Have a proper laugh at least once a day (esp. if it’s about your inability to let go of any or all of the above).
Watching Your Christmas Waistline
With the holidays coming up it’s easy to break away from your healthy routines and slide into high-calorie indulgence. While it may be tempting to let yourself off the hook – resist the urge to go soft. Here are a few tips to keep you and your healthy habits on the right track.
Watch your portions. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s harder than it seems. Try to eat only what you can fit on your plate. Practice sensibility when it comes to your serving size. Load up on healthier food items like veggies and lean meats and make sure to watch out for those super high carb items.
Get a friend involved Having someone to hold you accountable will help to keep you on the right path. Plan for activities like walking or hikes.
Maximize your workout We all are on tight schedules during the holidays so ramp up the intensity of your exercises and cut down on the duration. You should plan a high caloric burn workout that lasts about 30 – 45 minutes.
Watch out for the booze! The wine and spirits will most likely be flowing during the holidays. It’s easy to keep going once you’ve had a couple; watch what you drink and be wary of those sugary drinks. Keep those high caloric mixers away and mix that alcohol with soda water.
Lastly, make sure to treat yourself. It’s easy to partake in the comforts of good food and drink. You can still indulge without doing damage to your waistline. Schedule some YOU time! Buy yourself a day at the spa or indulge in a facial. Do something that makes you feel good, but doesn’t require stuffing your face!