This is Your New Year
You are literally going to make hundreds of thousands of decisions in 2017. Some of them will be better than others. Salad for lunch instead of a burger and fries = good decision. Working out at lunch only to drink and eat bar food all night - uh, questionable. Point is none of our decision compasses point due north at all times. We all wobble, from time to time, right?
Here are a few resolutions to consider…
#1. Lose Weight – Scratch that.
#1. Build Confidence
Does it matter how much we weigh? Numbers on a scale have led most of us up and down the rabbit hole more than once. According to charts on most every doctor’s office wall, apparently weight does matter. But, this year, rather than getting fixated on the number, resolve to focus on the habits required to be strong and confident. Don’t fall for any “get skinny quick schemes.” Do the work, expect some bumps in the road and steadily navigate to a happier and healthier, you.
It’s a great idea to use a food journal to track what you eat. Also, have a good support system in place. Weeks four - six is when it gets tricky and many people start to lose steam. Plan for it! Get through these rough times by working out with a friend, get started with a personal trainer, try new fitness classes, etc. Whatever it takes to stay motivated and make 2017 YOUR year. You’ve got this. And, guess what? We’re here for you! Pardon the interruption for this short commercial break…
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#2. Stay Connected
Put down the phone. Step away from the screen. Get out and actually see your friends. Your actual friends, not just the people you know online. Say hello to people at the gym… Here’s a crazy idea – make new friends! Research suggests people with strong social lives outlive those who isolate themselves. Send a tweet or a text but follow-up with an in-person visit. Your grandmother, mother and friends will love you for it.
#3. Sleep In
Sleep does more than keep you looking young and beautiful, although those are a couple of great perks. A lack of sleep has been linked to increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. And, sleep strengthens our memories through a process called consolidation. This becomes more crucial as we age so make a resolution to take more guilt-free naps, pronto!
Break your routine. Whether it is a road trip or a long overdue vacation, our bodies and minds need to be rejuvenated and renewed by new scenery every once in awhile. Too often, we get stuck in a rut and are “autopiloting” ourselves through too much of our lives. Go somewhere that you have to think about which direction you are headed. A little adventure is good for the soul.
#5. More Cheer with Less Beer
You knew it was coming. No resolution list is complete without the option to quit drinking or moderate alcohol consumption. 2016 has seen a national uptick in binge drinking so while this suggestion may seem cliché, it remains relevant. Be honest with yourself. If you are drinking too much, too often – consider making the classic “New Year’s Resolution” and start fresh on January 1st, 2017. (or January 21st, totally your call.)
#6. Exercise Differently
If you are new to working out, everything is brand new and it’ll take awhile for you to get bored with your routine or your body to plateau. Which is its nice way of saying, “Yeah, I’m comfortable right here.”, even if you want to lose another 20 lbs. or 3” off your waist. Fight the flab by trying new classes, new routines, different machines, working with a trainer, etc. This goes for you veterans, too. It’s a new year and there’s no better time to mix things up and go try different things. This time, it’s your muscles that will thank you for it.
#7. Stress Less
Identify what causes you the most stress and then strive to eliminate it. Ta-da! Once you have that wiped off your calendar, by ‘um, let’s say, mid-March; 2017 will be a breeze. If only it were that easy. Our timeline might be a bit off but making a resolution to reduce the stress does start with identifying the root cause. Stressed-out to the max is no way to live life. This might take more than one year to master but the rewards pay dividends toward a higher quality of life.
#8. Track Progress
How did you do on your 2016 resolutions? If you are like most people, you don’t remember the promises you made to yourself a year ago, let alone keep track of progress. That however, is the key to success. Whichever of these, or other, resolution(s) you make for 2017, write it down! Put it on your calendar, set reminders and hold yourself accountable. If it truly means something to you, make a note of it somewhere and let’s make it happen.