Blah, blah, blah … resolutions … yadda, yadda, blah! We all know the top three resolutions made by people everywhere each year:
- Lose weight.
- Some form of fitness: work out, get in shape, walk, run, weight train, etc.
- Get organized.
Right? Good luck if these are your goals. I prefer not to make annual goals because I know I’m only setting myself up for failure. Those three things are HUGE goals. Without breaking them down into baby steps, they are very difficult to achieve.
Let’s take losing weight as an example. Perhaps in January, a goal can be to cut out or drastically limit something unhealthy from our diets. How about sugar? How much sugar do you consume each week? Each day? Probably too much. New Year’s Day is a freebie. It doesn’t count. If you have any cookies or candies hanging around from Christmas, now is the day to eat them. Share with others if you have to. Just get rid of them! By the end of the month, you should be eating healthier snacks in place of the sugary ones. Here’s a page with some quick and helpful sugar facts. Don’t worry! It’s not full of detailed, scientific jargon. A kid could understand it!
If sugar isn’t a huge issue for you, how about portion sizes? Perhaps it’s more an issue of frequent grazing. Do you find yourself looking for something to eat even if you’re not really hungry? This is usually because you aren’t eating well balanced meals to begin with. Take a look at your three main meals each day and be sure you are starting your day with enough protein to help you power through without crashing, which leaves you seeking snacks to perk you back up. Smoothies are great for that, by the way. Try keeping some low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt, orange juice, bananas, and frozen fruit on hand for this yummy treat.
Also in January, if you want to take baby steps towards multiple resolutions, you could start “moving”. Start adding activity to your life, but don’t jump into a full-blown workout routine. You will certainly risk burning out fast. If you currently lead a sedentary lifestyle, start with a walk around the block. Still feeling good after one round? Go around again! Pay attention to how long it takes and make note of that. Next time you won’t have the excuse of not having enough time. By the end of January, maybe you’ll be walking a mile at least two or three times per week.
Organization? You want to go there, too? OK. Schedule 15 minutes (you can even use a timer – it can be fun to race the clock if you’re a competitive type) and tackle a drawer or two in a room of your choice. If you haven’t used or worn something in the past year, get rid of it. You obviously didn’t miss it! Well, there are exceptions. Maybe you have been missing that shirt that somehow made its way to the wrong drawer. Go ahead and keep that one. If you beat the timer and want to keep going, add another 15 minutes and go for it! After 30 minutes, give yourself a break, though. Again, you don’t want to burn out quickly. Reward yourself … but not with a sugary snack! Time on Pinterest would suffice for me.
Don’t give much thought to the rest of the year. Take one month, week, even day at a time. Break it down as small as you need to. Whatever works for you … as long as it does work for you! I don’t know about each of you (whoever you may be), but I’m very easily distracted and derailed. Setting smaller goals and tackling smaller tasks works better for me. I see more success rather than failure that way.
Happy New Year! Here’s to a year of not only achieving goals but surpassing them!