Yesterday I shared my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions. I plan to blog about my January resolution shortly. You know … the why and how. 🙂
But I also promised that I would blog about ways to keep New Year’s Resolutions.
If you resolved to make 2013 your year of health, then keep reading. 🙂
What does “healthy” mean to you? Eating better for your body. Working out and moving more often. Taking better care of yourself.
One reason this resolution is so easily left by the wayside is the enormity of it. The responsibility is too large and too vague. Break it down and define it.
Eat better for your body
When you feed your body what it wants, it thanks you. When you drink a lot of water, your kidneys are happier. When you eat fruits and vegetables, then you have more energy than when you eat greasy burgers and fries.
- Eat less sugar
- Sugar is a sneaky thing. A lot like salt. It is hidden in everything.
- Virtually all processed foods have sugar
- A serving of spaghetti sauce can have as much sugar as 2 chocolate chip cookies!
- The AMA recommends no more than 24 grams of sugar per day for the average American woman.
- Comes out to roughly 6 teaspoons.
- That ain’t much!
- Read labels and eat fresh!
- Eat what is in season
- This is a good way to eat those fruits and veggies
- It is also a great way to try out new dishes and recipes
- Don’t skip meals
- Going hungry does nothing for you.
- I can attest to this. When I skip breakfast, it is a rough morning for me. I barely make it to lunch and then when I do … I feel horrible as my body tries to break down the food for nutrients.
- Pack your lunch
Lose some L.B.s
- Weigh yourself regularly
- Knowing your weight could help you manage it.
- What is that old saying, “You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know where you are.”
- Write down what you eat
- It is all about the accountability
- When you see … in writing … what you put in your body, then you can know what to change and improve upon.
- Sweat less
- 30 minutes is enough time to burn calories and rev metabolism without getting either too hungry or too exhausted to stay active after
- I try to keep my cardio at 30 minutes. I do add strength training and stretching before and after, but cardio? 30 minutes! 🙂
Take better care of yourself
- Sleep will help my mood
- Do you feel underrested?
- Most people I would imagine get around 6 hours.
- Did you know that sleeping can help boost your mood and outtake on life?
- Give yourself a bedtime every night and wake up call every morning
- Stick with it!
- Don’t forget about the weekends either — sleeping in is a no-no.
- I will be selfish
- Remember to take care of yourself.
- You are your top priority. Not your job. Not your kids. Not your husband.
- Take care of you first!
- Whatever that might mean — pedicures, massages, spa days, girls night out, some alone time in the morning to read.
- Get really disciplined about how you handle your stress through exercise
- Download the life coach app called Bloom
- Free iPhone app
- It reminds you to start living better
- 1st: Use the app to establish your priorities
- Drink more water
- Save for European vacay
- 2nd: Attach visual motivators like music and pictures
- Throughout the day, it creates and sends you little pop-up reminders of the things that you are working toward! 🙂 Fun!
Research shows that the keys to keeping resolutions are achievability and specificity. Can you do it? What is it that you want to do?
Until next time…