I don’t know what it is but I have always been a total sucker for New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, there is the age old adage – don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today (thanks Ben Franklin), but there is something so great about a fresh page and a new start. I get so excited for the beginning of each year and starting things off on the right foot, so I have always been a huge proponent of making resolutions and focusing on self-improvement – because you know, we can always be a little bit better (even all you Mary Poppins out there). Most of the year I make a couple resolutions and by March I have completely forgotten about them – until December and when I decide to put them off until after the new year. Hence why I have yet to learn how to properly knit a scarf or accomplish the entire P90x workout. This year, I decided to switch things up and make a resolution for each month. It takes about 21 days to form a habit, so I figured I could make 12 great changes in my life. 2017 is going to be great guys!
Here are my resolutions for the year:
January: Get up and workout for 30 minutes before work each day.
February: Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
March: Don’t consume any sugar for a month.
April: Take 5 photos on each date, family get together, or fun event.
May: Stick to the BBG program for 1 month.
June: Finish 10 books by this month.
July: Run 3 times a week with a goal distance of 5 miles.
August: Spend 15 minutes in prayer and thoughtful reflection each day.
September: Volunteer at 5 activities throughout the year.
October: Write 12 letters to loved ones.
November: Eat raw for one month.
December: Find joy in the small things in life and do something kind for someone each day.
I like to balance out my resolutions between health-related challenges and self improvement. I think breaking up each resolution into something structured and tangible will work for me. None of these seem super overwhelming to me, so I know I’ll be able to accomplish each of them. At the end of each month, I’ll let you know how things went! So far – getting up every day has been a little rough – darn this cold weather and our cozy bed!
Here are 3 ways to make achieving your resolutions successful!
Make a specific, attainable goal. If you want to lose weight, give yourself a number and a date at which you would like to achieve your goal. Celebrate as you hit certain milestones!
Be confident that you can achieve your goals and shout it to the world! Enlist the help and support of friends and family. Having your own cheer squad and accountability group can be super helpful!
Have a plan in the event of temptation and slip ups. It’s okay to stumble along the way – the important thing is to get back on the wagon. Think about the things that make it hard for you to achieve your goals and how you will overcome those obstacles. Having strategies in place will make success that much more likely!
I’d love to hear about your resolutions for this year or years past and how you plan to accomplish them! Thanks for stopping by!
XOXO – Emily