Author: Jackie Thomas
New year, new you. Seriously, we’re keeping our resolutions this year, right?
Sometimes we tend to brag about our resolutions (yes, I’m going vegan to lose 50 pounds by so-and-so’s wedding), keep them for 20 seconds (wait, pizza isn’t vegan?) and ditch them before the ball even drops (eh, maybe it’ll stick next year).
I’m right there with you. In fact, I go through this routine yearly, monthly and weekly (ahem, I’ll totally start that diet on Monday, I swear!). In all honesty, you don’t need a new year to start the path to a better you. But with 2015 coming to a close, the fresh slate of motivation shouldn’t be wasted. In fact, let’s, dare I say, keep our resolutions this year!
Still looking for a resolution? Borrow some of mine.
1. Lose 5 pounds by the end of January. If your resolution is weight loss focused, don’t set a lofty 50 pound loss by 2017 goal. 2017 is a long time away. It leaves too much time to forget, procrastinate or quit. Instead, set a small, manageable goal for the end of the month. Then each month, set a new goal to reach your larger weight loss goal.
2. Write (or dance or sing or whatever you love) more. Hobbies are important, so if your goal is to make more time for them this year, do it. Make specific plans to go hiking once a month or write on your blog weekly or plan a regular lunch date with your mom or sister. It’s important to fill our time with things other than work, bills and stress!
3. Stock $300 into savings every month. If your goal is to be money savvy (I hear ya!), then don’t just set a ‘save more’ goal. That can easily end up to be a whopping $50 dollars by the end of the year. Try setting a savings goal each month. Set aside time to study up on easy ways to save money. Personally, I love listening to finance podcasts. They’re fun, down-to-earth and give real life money advice.
4. Sign up for a competition or race you never thought you would. If your resolution is to challenge yourself more, chances are you won’t unless you give yourself a swift kick in the butt. Sign up for a Spartan race or CrossFit competition and then tell everyone you know. The fact your money and word is invested in the goal makes you more likely to complete it.
5. Make healthier choices by going to the gym 4 times a week and eating healthy 80 percent of the time. If you’re going for a full lifestyle and diet change in 2016, it’s important to understand that it won’t happen overnight. Focus on completing your weekly gym and healthy eating goals. If you stick to it, in a month you’ll start to see and feel results.
Don’t give up on your resolution by next weekend. I’m not saying it will be easy, but progress will happen. Most of the time you won’t notice, but it is happening. And don’t forget, it’s never too late to start a new resolution. You don’t need a new year to create a better you (but sometimes it does help!).
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