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Get ready to rethink resolutions with my top 5 healthy New Year’s Resolutions! It’s the end of January. You started the new year with great intentions to make healthy living changes, and now you’re back to your old habits. Don’t get down on yourself! Old habits are hard to break. Change is difficult! The good news, the new year is not the only time when we’re capable of making changes. If you are inspired, motivated, and desire change, why wait for the calendar to change to a new year?
Why is it difficult to follow through on healthy New Year’s resolutions?
We often try to pack too much change into our lives all at once. Change is difficult when you’re trying one thing at a time. If your healthy New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, and you start a new diet and a new exercise routine without thinking through the support and infrastructure you need to make it happen, you are destined to lose steam.
Are you ready to redo your healthy New Year’s resolution?
Maybe things didn’t work out the way you intended, but you’re not ready to give up. Good for you! Now it’s time to consider where you would like to begin again. Let’s work with goals instead of resolutions!
Try one small change at a time, and build upon that change from week to week. Think about your priorities. What is most important to you? Or, what do you think will have the biggest impact? If your goal is to lose weight, would you like to start with changing your diet in some small way or add a fitness routine? Once you feel successful with one change you’re ready to add on.
When I think about behavior change I think about what I do when I’m building a tower of wooden blocks with my son. First you need to establish a steady foundation of several basic healthy living practices. Once the foundation is firmly in place, you’re ready to stack more blocks on top (or more challenging healthy living behaviors) to grow your tower. Pretty soon you’ve built an impressive tower of change, but if you move too quickly without making sure the blocks beneath won’t fall, your whole tower will tumble to the ground.
My Top 5 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions that Deliver BIG Results
If you’re not sure where to start, consider one of the following healthy living practices. These are changes you can make to secure your foundation. If you’re currently practicing some of these behaviors, you’re already establishing your foundation! If not, give one a try, see how it fits, but don’t try to take them all on at once. You want to set yourself up for success!
- Drink Water-It sounds easy, and yet it can be a challenge for many people. The recommended amount of water you should drink a day is 64 oz. That can change from person to person depending on your level of activity, but 64 oz is a good place to start. Drinking more water has numerous benefits for the functioning of your body.
- Eat Breakfast-You wake up, you’re not hungry. You skip breakfast, and grab some coffee. You think, “I’m consuming less calories. Less calories is good.” A recent article in Time Magazine states, “Plenty of research has found that eating breakfast is important for weight maintenance, metabolism and overall good health. Now, the evidence gets even stronger: a small new randomized controlled trial finds that regularly eating a substantial morning meal directly affects how fat cells function in the body by changing the activity of genes involved in fat metabolism and insulin resistance.” It’s also important to eat a healthy meal at breakfast. Consider adding whole grains, fruit, lean protein, or vegetables to your morning meal.
- Mindful Eating-Allow your brain to catch up to your stomach. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you’re full. Take your time and you’ll find you’ll consume less. Take a look at the link above for more tips on mindful eating.
- Add More Fruits and Veggies-Add one additional serving of fruit or vegetables to your daily diet. Slowly introducing more fruits and veggies will begin to decrease your intake of processed foods, and increase your intake of natural foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and fewer calories!
- Eat at Home More Often-Try decreasing the number of times you go out to eat. That might mean reducing the number of times you go out to lunch from five times a week to four times a week. Or reducing take-out to once a week. When you pack your lunch for work, or cook at home you’re more likely to consume less calories. Restaurant portion sizes are much too large. If you end up going out to eat consider bringing home a doggy bag, and don’t be afraid to ask for healthy substitutions by swapping out the fries for a side salad.
It’s never too late to make a healthy change for a happier healthier you . Don’t wait until next January to start your journey. Start with one action at a time. Build your foundation around something you know you can do. When you have success, you will be motivated to try something new, slowly building your tower to change. Next January, a whole new you could be entering into the year!