Merry Christmas everyone!!! Hope you're all enjoying this wonderful time of year! I myself am so incredibly stoked to spend a few days with family next week! Following Christmas, is my GOLDEN birthday! 29 on the 29th! WHAT?!! (Feel free to make a big deal about it. I know I will be!)
I know. The end of the year is crazy for me! Because then two days after my birthday is another one of my favorites... New Year's Eve! This New Years will be two years since I started on my path to better health. On New Years Eve of 2012 I bumped into an old college roommate at Emilie and Dave's party. She had lost a ton of weight since I had seen her last (weight she had gained because of Grave's disease). She looked happy, healthy, and I was so motivated from seeing her. I knew that if she could overcome her struggle, I probably could! So January 1, 2013 is when I started my weight loss journal, created an exercise plan, and began reading about nutrition and healthy cooking. Though I've had plateaus and moments of weariness... I've never looked back.
I'm all for treating any day like January first when you need to. If you have an off day or an off week or several off weeks, I'm all about taking the next moment to say, "No, this is what I want. I deserve it. I'm doing it." But you have to admit... there is something about the ACTUAL January first that is so empowering and full of possibilities! It's the time to make: RESOLUTIONS! I've come up with a list of ways to make practical resolutions, keep things simple, and stick to the promises you've made to yourself!
Don't say: "I'm never going to eat sweets again!" Because honestly, would you be able to do that?! Of course not. You're human. You're going to have times in your life when you need to indulge.
Try this: "I'm going to make better food choices!" You can keep it simple by creating the goal to make better choices overall. So if you normally buy whole milk, start buying 2%, skim, or even a non-dairy variety like almond or cashew milk. If you normally buy white sandwich bread, switch to whole wheat or Ezekiel bread. Instead of drinking soda with lunch and/or dinner, replace it with lemon water! When you go out to eat, try a lighter menu item, replace your fries with veggies or fruit, and skip the soda!
Don't say: "I'm going to eat more veggies." Because this is not a specific enough goal to actually see a difference in how you feel.
Try this: "I'm going to be sure at least half of my plate consists of vegetables at dinner time." By making a resolution like this, you are being more specific and making a promise. It will also help you with your meal planning when you know you have to incorporate those veggies.
Don't say: "I'm going to exercise more!" When it comes to getting in activity, specific goals are good.
Try this: "I'm going make sure I exercise for at least 30 minutes, three days a week." By scheduling your workouts and being specific about how much you'll do, you're making a promise to yourself. You still have wiggle room in case something comes up one day, you can substitute another day. You also give yourself room to increase the intensity and length of your workouts as you get stronger.
Don't say: "I'm going to lose X-amount of pounds." This can create a lot of pressure and will most likely make you a slave to the scale.
Try this: "I want to fit into size-X jeans." This kind of a goal can give you more leeway. When you start to exercise you will build muscle. So though the scale may not budge, your clothes may start to feel better or looser. Water retention can also mess up numbers on the scale, so it's much better to go by the way your clothes fit. I know this was a big goal of mine. To get into a size smaller than I was in high school by the time I got to my reunion. I did it! And it was a small thing, but such a huge victory!!
Overall, really sit down and think about what kinds of resolutions you want to set for yourself. Write them down, put them somewhere you'll see them, create a wellness journal! The most important part of setting resolutions is to think about what YOU WANT. Two years ago, I got to a place where enough was enough. I knew I didn't want to keep living the way I was living. So I set realistic goals for myself that I knew I could accomplish if I stuck to them! I'm here to tell you that you will NOT achieve your goals if you don't stick to the resolutions you set for yourself. No one can force you to. It has to come from within you because it is FOR YOU and you're worth setting goals for. Make your goals/resolutions a priority and there's nothing you won't be able to accomplish!
Happy New Year brave ones!!
My Resolutions for 2015:
1. Fit into a certain dress that is currently hanging on my wall.
2. Finish my half marathon in April.
3. Complete Big Shoulders 2015 in under 1:30:00
4. Get to One-derland
5. Achieve my healthy goal weight by my 30th birthday.