When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, I try to keep them simple and balanced. I do not like drastic goals such as "I will exercise for 2 hours a day everyday" or "I will cut out all sugar" because I think that these are very hard to follow long term. When it comes to goals, I like for them to be measurable, not too hard to follow and something that can be followed long term. I think that aiming for a lifestyle change is the best way to meet your goals, not a short-term plan such as a super low-calorie diet.
This year, my goals are simple: take care of myself so that I can best take care of my family. This includes exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water. To make things more specific, I want to exercise 6-7 days per week, drink at least 3-32 oz water bottles per day, go to bed by 9:30 PM most work nights (later on the weekend) and eat lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains. When I take care of myself, I feel my best and then can help out my family in the best way possible.
Here are some of my tips to stick with your New Year's Resolutions:
1. Write it down- When it comes to fitness, I find that an excellent tool is to write down the exercise that you do. I did this for 6 months last year and felt like I had to hold myself accountable since if I missed a day, I could not write down anything for that day. It doesn't have to be anything crazy. Even something like "went on a 20 minute walk" will work. I also felt proud of myself for completing X amount of exercise per week.
2. Prep your food- One of my favorite healthy eating tips is to prep your food ahead of time. On Saturday or Sunday each week, I prep my food for the week ahead to save time and ensure that I have healthy food ready to eat when I am busy. This often includes: roasted vegetables, chopped carrots and celery, breakfast items, casseroles, shredded meat, etc. I check my fridge, pantry and freezer to see what I have on hand and then cook these items to have food ready for the week ahead.
3. Put that phone away!- This is something that I am still working on. I usually get into bed at a decent time on the weeknights but sometimes waste a bunch of time browsing on my phone. I read blog posts, scroll Instagram, read emails, etc. The artificial light makes it harder to fall asleep and I end up getting to bed much later than I intended. Make a rule for yourself to put your phone away half an hour before bed for example to help.
4. Keep your water bottle nearby- Since I was in college, I have always drank a very large amount of water. This helps prevent me from getting dehydrated and helps me feel my best. I always have my water bottle next to me on the treadmill, on my desk at work, by my bedside, etc. When I feel thirsty, I just take a swig and seeing the water bottle constantly helps to remind me to drink up. Taking a bottle of water with you everywhere will help you meet your goals.
I was sent these Progresso™ Light soups to try. I really like the savory beef barley vegetable soup which is filling and tasty. I like the texture of the little barley pieces. I remember a couple of months ago, I was taking care of Adalyn and was missing my normal lunchtime and was starving. My mom made me this soup and I never ate anything that fast!
What are your tips for sticking to your New Year's resolutions?