5 EASY TO KEEP NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
New Year’s resolutions can be tough to keep, we all know this. The problem usually lies in the scope and lack of specificity of the typical New Years resolution. This year, try something a little more bite sized! Here are a few ideas for you in 2013!
CUT OUT LATE NIGHT SNACKING
Weight loss is one of the most popular New Years resolutions- usually because it is rarely achieved. Instead of trying to change your lifestyle overnight, try simple and attainable goals such as simply not allowing yourself to eat past 9 PM. Food eaten past that time gets converted straight to fat and does very little to nourish the body. No snacks, no fourth-meal (sorry Taco Bell), and no sugary drinks such as juices and soda. You’ll be surprised how easy a rule this is to keep.
USE MORE POSITIVE LANGUAGE
I recently realized that I use the word “hate” too frequently in casual conversation, (i.e. “I HATE the linking rings!”). Lately I’ve been trying to avoid using “hate” and other negative language. It doesn’t accurately represent my thoughts and can be abrasive. Trying seeing if there are similar words or phrases which you toss around haphazardly. Again, the key is to be a specific as you can!
READ MORE AND READ MORE ACTIVELY
If you don’t read alot, simply make it a point to read 15 minute each night before bed. It’s okay if you read more, but start with just a 15 minute goal- that way you can keep the resolution.
On the other hand, if you are a frequent reader like me, try reading more actively. Highlight key phrases, mark pages which are important and pause to take write notes/thoughts. It’s amazing the creative tangents your mind will take you to through this exercise. You retain more as well. The resolution is simple- don’t open a book without a highlighter and a pen.
TAKE THE STAIRS
Let’s face it: that gym membership is going to last longer than your motivation to wake up early to dawn the yoga pants and/or barbells. Set the more realistic goal of always taking the stairs when possible. Or how about parking farther away when you take a trip to go shopping? Simple, tiny rules for yourself such as these can really add up to create a healthier lifestyle.
TALK TO PEOPLE AND SMILE
Your bank teller is a person. Try making her laugh next time you go in to make a deposit. Ask the bus driver how his day is going and really listen to his response. Make it a rule to strike up one conversation with a new stranger each day. Smiling more should come naturally from that.