New Year’s Resolutions

December 31
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I’m going to be honest with you, for many years I hated the idea of New Year’s resolutions.  The idea that you would suddenly decide the same day as everyone else to change yourself did not make sense to me, I guess it felt a little too trendy.  However, as I have grown older, and hopefully slightly wiser, I have begun to see the positive aspects of these resolutions and their timing.   The holiday season is a busy, crazy, time in the lives of many of us. Between travel, family visits, children out of school, and the holidays themselves, we often completely lose track of our habits.  For many, January 1st acts like a reset; a chance to start over fresh after the craziness.   After reading Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, I started to understand how this reset is the perfect time to start new habits and resolutions are just that, habits.  Some resolutions, like “Drink more water” are simple habits that need to be created.  Other resolutions, like “Lose weight” are goal based but will be met by keeping the correct habits such as eating fewer carbs and going to the gym three times a week. Once I was able to understand how this reset works and how I can use it to start new habits I was on board.  Of course you could use the start of any month or any change in your life to act as your reset but due to the new year we will use that.

This year my resolutions are both habit and goal based.

Drinking water

1. Drink more water.

This is a simple habit that I have had before and I just need to restart it.  For me, tracking my water intake in my planner is a great visual way to ensure it happens.  I mark each glass I drink and then I can see how I’ve done for the day and week. The jury is still out about how much water you really need, but I know that I personally feel my best when I drink around fifty ounces of water daily. TIP: Start out your morning by chugging a glass of room temperature water. (I drink it straight from the tap.) This is a great start to your day and total water count. Also, remember most of our glasses are twelve ounces so you only need to drink a little over four to get to fifty ounces. I also bring a pint glass to work and drink  a full glass at lunch and in the afternoon.  I enjoy this method much better than water bottles and I end up drinking much more.

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2. Further my personal blog

This is a habit based goal.  To succeed in this I will need to set up a series of daily, weekly, and monthly requirements and train myself to do them automatically, as a habit.  When these tasks become habit I will be working towards my goal and available to focus on new habits that will also work towards my goal.

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3. Read 50 books

Last year I participated in the Goodreads challenge where I gave myself a goal and then Goodreads tracked how many books I had read and if I was ahead or behind schedule.  Last year my goal was 35 books and I ended up reading 56 books.  This year I am giving myself a goal of 50 books.   At this time Goodreads has not published their challenge but I will update with that information when it becomes available.  Are you  a Goodreads user?  Add me as a friend here so you can track my progress, reviews, and share books with me!

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4. Better my health

Losing weight and getting into shape is a common resolution in our society.  Although I am comfortable with my body, I do feel that I need to get back into the habit of eating well and staying active.  I don’t need to lose weight and I have no desire to be a top athlete, but I do need to more my body more and pay a little more attention to what I put into it.  For this reason I picked up a UP2 by Jawbone Activity + Sleep Tracker for my husband and myself on Amazon. This wearable tracks your steps, food, sleep and other wellness options. One of my favorite features is the idle alert which allows the device to vibrate when you haven’t moved for a set amart of time. I have mine set to 30 minutes. This is a great reminder for those of us who work at a desk.  As with my other resolutions, this is something that will be achieved by habit.  I must make eating well a habit so that I don’t even have to think about grabbing the healthy choice, it will just be habit; muscle memory.  Exercise is the same way; I must get myself back into the groove of doing something physical a few times a week.

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5. Have better  mornings

I love mornings and I love how productive I am if I use them properly.  Days where I get things done at home before work are often the best.  These days lead to a smooth workday with healthy meals and a clean home to return to.  The more I get done before work, the more time I have in the evenings for myself.  I am also planning to do some of my light exercise in the mornings.

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6. Create less trash

We are all aware of how disposable everything in our society has become.  This year I want to make the effort to reduce my trash output.  Later this week I will be posting about the 10ish simple new habits I will create to help succeed in this goal.

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Overall I feel that these are all things that I am more than capable of doing.  Many are things I have been successful in before and have just fallen out of practice.  For the larger goal-oriented resolutions  I will use my goal planner sheet to map out what I need to do to be successful.  This is a great tool to break down large goals into small doable chunks.

 

Do you make resolutions?  What are they this year?  How do you plan to keep them?  Share below!

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