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So okay. It’s the new year, which means we’ve all been making some new year resolutions, right? And it’s so easy to start the year all gung-ho and with the best intentions of being the healthiest we can be and exercising every day and eating right and being perfect all year long… And then February rolls around and you’re like. Yeah. No. I’m over this. Pass the donuts. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against donuts (au contraire, they’re one of my favorite foods) but no one intends on eating them all the year long, right? Right. So today I’m sharing some of my tips for sticking to your resolutions, when you maybe really just don’t want to. Let’s go.
1. EAT HEALTHY… MOST OF THE TIME. One of my favorite ways to stick to a resolution of eating well is to allow yourself some wiggle room. If you make a resolution to never eat sugar and eat broccoli and salmon for every meal, all day long, well, I hate to break it to you, but it ain’t gonna happen. Or if it does and you have super human willpower, you won’t be happy. Because yeah, broccoli is delicious and good for you, but it gets real boring real fast. So allow yourself some splurges. Eat dessert. Balance your meals so you can have treats and remember that life is SHORT! Treat yo’self! Everything in moderation!
2. WRITE OUT A PLAN. I highly recommend writing out your resolutions. One of my health-related resolutions is to run a 5K, and to help myself be as prepared as possible, I wrote out my plan. Buy yourself a planner and fill it with your goals each day. If you’re following a certain fitness program, write out your schedule each week! I’m following a Couch to 5K plan and have it included in my day to day, to make sure that it becomes a priority. If it’s written in my planner, chances are I’ll actually complete it, because there isn’t a much more satisfying feeling than crossing things off that to-do list, now is there?
3. TRICK YOURSELF. If you are in the mood for something filling and delicious, but don’t want all of the calories that can entail, then simply find a similar but healthier alternative. One of my favorite meals that is both hearty and tasty is a big bowl of soup. Some soup can be terribly unhealthy, due to the ridiculous amount of calories and sodium (seriously, watch for the sodium in soups, especially at restaurants)! I’m loving Progresso™ Light for a nourishing bowl of soup that is both delicious and healthy!
4. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF. Be kind to yourself and realize that you are not perfect. You are only human. If you skip a workout one day or get fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that’s OKAY. Tomorrow is a new day to make better choices, and it is not the end of the world! :) This mindset is both healthy and necessary in order to stick to those resolutions you made!
What are some of your resolutions this year?
How do you plan on sticking to them?