I used to have mix feelings about New Year’s Day and resolutions. On one hand I was excited about what the New Year would have in store for us, on the other hand I was dreading the review of my previous year’s resolutions, because I usually failed at them by mid – January.
I can see myself so clearly, sitting in my room, at my desk, year after year writing my resolutions, and every year, without fail, losing weight was #1. And year after year I failed at it. It was torture. I didn’t know any better at the time, so I blamed myself (which, obviously was definitely one of the reasons that kept me stuck).
About 10 years ago I decided that enough was enough and I dropped the resolutions. I still remember that rebellious feeling! Instead I started looking for things I wanted to do or be. Over the years I vowed to always have my toe nails painted, drink more champagne, wear heals and talk to strangers more. Not once did I wish to lose weight.
So many people commit to huge New Year’s changes that are nearly impossible to achieve. Then, they end up not reaching their goals. One suggestion I have for you is to simply make small tweaks to your daily routine. Those tweaks are perfectly achievable and you will be so much healthier, which means you will feel better.
#1. Hydrate with more water
Water helps your body to run better and will even help you to lose weight. Water will help give you a beautiful, youthful glow too. Make sure that you don’t just chug it all at once. Grab a water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day. This will make it that much easier to achieve your goal, and it will be so beneficial for your entire body.
#2. Crowd out processed foods
Processed foods that are filled with sugar and toxins do our bodies no good. Instead of just eating because you have a sweet tooth craving or because something looks delicious, eat because you want to nourish your body. If you eat foods that will give you energy and help you to feel better, you’ll be on track for a healthier New Year. So, start 2017 by eating whole foods that nourish and benefit your body.
#3. Move for fun
Most people think of a New Year’s resolution as heading to the gym every morning. One of my colleagues, regular gym bunny, even refuses to go in January because the space is so full of newbies!
This is a great goal, but it can sometimes be unachievable with your schedule. You do not need to head to the gym to move more. In fact, if you sit all day it’s a very good idea to go for a walk on your lunch break, or stand up and move in between breaks. I also aim to dance every day, and I do it in the privacy of my own bedroom with some great songs playing on YouTube. Make moving fun in 2017. You will feel so much better!
#4. Let go of negative thinking
Every person has thoughts that creep into their head. Sometimes we can become more judgmental and critical of others in our head, or even put ourselves down. In 2017 make it a goal of yours to stop the negative thinking. This will help you to be an overall happier person and will even help you to become healthier.
When you are thinking of your goals for 2017, I recommend that you start with an achievable goal that will really help you become a happier and healthier you!
And if you one of your goals for 2017 is to eat better – check out this free Clean Eating Challenge I am running from January 17th. You will get inspirations, support, recipes AND there are prizes to win. Sign up today and join the fun.