I haven’t been a big fan of making New Year’s resolutions and mainly because I had a hard time keeping them. Well, I thought about it and I think it’s because my goals were too lofty with no real plan of attack.
For example, one year I said I’d walk two miles per day to get some regular exercise. I never followed through, because it was too much for me. So instead of not making any resolutions at all, how about making them more realistic?, so here’s six of mine and I bet you can do these too:
- Eat healthier. Instead of the slice of chocolate cake when I have sweet fetish, reach for fresh fruit. Oranges, strawberries, grapes… juicy fruits. Also, how about a homemade banana milkshake?! You just blend bananas, milk and vanilla ice cream with some ice cubes to make a nice frothy drink. Fresh fruit is also better for snacking . And by eating fruit, you’re still getting your sweets in but just in a better way.
- Simpler exercising. When I haven’t walked in 5+ years, what makes me think I can do 2 miles per day everyday?! So, start slower. Take a walk around my apartment parking lot which isn’t very large and don’t walk every day. Start with 2 days a week and work my way up to 3 then 5 and 7. And, I can also walk for 15 minutes to start at my own pace. And, just be sure to keep my distance and remain safe. And if I can’t get outside to walk, there’s exercises like stretching that I can do indoors.
- Get to bed on time. I’m a night owl. But, I also have a demanding day job so staying up at 2 AM every night is not good. So midnight is the latest I’m allowing myself to be up no matter what I’m working on.
- Drink water. I don’t have a natural taste for water, but I know my body needs it so to get me in the mood, I’ll drink flavored water. Then, I can handle plain water.
- Get outside. Because I work 95% of the time in front of the computer, it is so easy to get caught up in it that I hardly see the outside of my door. I actually have to make an effort to get up and take a break.
- De-clutter. This applies to clothes I’m not wearing and items I’m not using. Grab one of those large bags, fill it up, and donate it. Or, gift it to a friend. If I haven’t worn something in at least six months, chances are I never will so why let it sit in my closet? Also, de-cluttering is a great way to relieve undue stress.
Realistic goals are much easier to accomplish. I’m looking forward to these resolutions now that I have re-worked my list. If you decide to make some resolutions, just keep it simple and keep it real.