Do most new years speed past as resolutions are forgotten? Many are not alone. Setting large, difficult goals and making strong initial progress fades as the weeks go by; it happens to everyone. Don’t worry; small changes can have big impacts and be easier to maintain. Here are some reasonable resolutions to help make healthy, positive changes.
If wanting to eat better but cannot adhere to a strict, restrictive diet, try making more nutritious choices one at a time.
• Add an extra serving of nutritiously prepared vegetables every day, like steamed or roasted veggies as a side, salsa instead of butter on a baked potato or adding mushrooms to ground beef.
• Cut both sugary and artificially sweetened soft drinks to only one meal each week. Don’t deny yourself. Make it a special treat.
• Replace sugary or refined snacks and breakfast foods with fruits, nuts and whole grains. Fresh fruit and nuts or nut butter. Avocado and cheese on whole grain toast. Lightly sweetened granola in plain yogurt. Steel cut oats with berries. Delicious and nutritious.
If resolved to use the gym but not going, find a way to make it engaging and accountable.
• Find a gym buddy, go together and hold each other accountable.
• Try a resolution accountability app, like Pact, which attaches monetary value to your dedication.
• Make working out more social with fitness social media apps or support groups on social networks.
• Make it more social in real life by joining fitness classes or searching Meetup.com for groups to get together for fitness activities, both in the gym and outdoors.
• If the gym truly isn’t for you, quit. Take a dance or self-defense class, riding lessons or outdoor survival course. Do what moves you, literally and figuratively.
If resolved to get organized but find you are still living in clutter, running late or not getting enough sleep, tackle organization with small tasks.
• Section by section, put things away, dust or disinfect and do not re-clutter a cleaned area. Invest in attractive storage solutions and clean one section each evening until you finish every section.
• Decide if an object is picked up, it must be put down in its rightful place.
• Use your phone’s calendar to track every appointment and block off time. Set reminders to provide enough time to get out the door and on the road. Use it to remind you to go to bed early, give the dog its medication, bake cookies for a bake sale or spend a few minutes tidying up at the end of each day.
• Say no to unnecessary or unimportant requests stretching time and patience, which you cannot give your full attention. Prioritize the people and activities you care about most which includes yourself.