3-2-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Ball has dropped, the fireworks have fizzled, and the noisemakers are away – now it’s time to tackle your New Year resolutions. You have recommitted, pinky promised and made an oath to yourself to finally eat better, lose weight, or quit a bad habit so you can enjoy life to the fullest. It is now 30 days into the New Year; how are you doing so far? Awesome? Ok? Gave up on day 4? Wherever you fall, don’t fret, we all have been there. Here are ways to successfully refocus your resolutions:
Yes Please! More Protein and Low Carbs: You do not have to be limited to eating only salad to eat better. There are many recipes on Allrecipes.com and several free apps like Epicurious or Yummly. Another great app is Fooducate; a tool you can use to scan the bar code on any food your buy and get a rating and nutritional value. These tools allow you to find healthy options and alternatives to typical “diet trends”, which will ultimately help you establish a fitness standard that can stand up to the curse of the discarded resolution.
30 to 45 Minutes of Activity is a Must: Sweet, delicious, and decadent: a triple threat and demise to diet’s everywhere. To keep yourself on track, download any free pedometer app on your Smartphone and go for a walk. In 30 minutes you can burn between 90 and 360 calories. If you want a more detailed account of your progress, purchase a Fitbit; it will track your sleep and provide an accurate reading for daily steps. The Fitbit app also provides its users various personal and group challenges that all help to motivate you to keep moving.
Don’t Stop, Fading from Bad Habits is Better: A lot of us think quitting or going cold turkey is what works best. It is not, people who stop all at once usually go back to the same habit within the first month. Another option is to gradually move away from the habit. It takes time to stop something you have been doing for years. Be patient, but work on it daily. Try to replace the old habit with a new positive habit like, volunteering, walking, or scrapbooking.
Bottom-line, resolutions are created to improve our overall wellbeing and to challenge us to be the best we can be. Set realistic and measurable goals, i.e. drink 3 bottles of water a day or cut out ice cream for a week. There will be days you fall short, but just get back up and try again until you reach your goals. Remember, be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can.