A New Year a new you, is how the saying goes but sometimes living up to your own New Years Resolution can do more harm than good.
Everyone has good intentions when making a New Years Resolution and usually the intention is to better ourselves while using the new year as kind of a fresh start. There is no harm in actually trying to better yourself, the problem arises when you set yourself up for failure by making a New Years Resolution that you can not possibly keep.
Did you know that according to a study done by the University of Scranton, that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions? It may not surprise you if you have made many New Years Resolutions in the past that have crashed and burned by mid January.
Setting yourself up for failure is not the way to start a new year. It is important to make your goals attainable and when making your New Years Resolution, keep your goals realistic.
One of the most common New Years Resolutions is to eat healthy in the new year. This can be tricky as many of us have a skewed idea of what eating healthy actually is and that is a big part of the battle when setting a New Years Resolution to eat healthy.
Eating healthy is a great New Years Resolution but it should be a long term goal which means you need to make your diet plan with that in mind.
It seems when trying to create goals for eating healthy most people head right for the foods they would never normally eat as a part of their diet. Eating strange fruits and vegetables that you have to hold your nose just to get it down is not going to develop into a healthy habit.
The best way to stick to your New Years Resolution is to enjoy the foods you love most while tweaking the recipes to make them healthier. A gradual change can help you eat into healthier habits that will stick around through the new year and beyond.
A lot of people seem to think that eating healthy means no more cookies, ice cream, pizza, or other yummy foods that are usually referred to as a treat. This is just not true, it’s all about how you prepare the foods and what ingredients you add in or leave out.
Check out these 9 Dessert recipes that are sugar free, gluten free, low carb, and still have that delicious flavor you crave.
Another popular New Years Resolution is losing weight. Everyone seems to think losing a few pounds is a priority for the new year and when you don’t plan your goals out before trying to reach them you are once again setting yourself up for failure.
A few things to keep in mind when trying to reach your weight loss goals are
- Set your weight loss goal low and as you reach it set it higher, keep your goals attainable
- Reserve a time of day for working out and make it at a time that does not interfere with other daily tasks
- Make working out fun, you don’t have to buy expensive equipment or even join a gym. Dancing, walking, playing sports, and even playing at the park with your kids are all great ways to burn calories!
Another popular New Years Resolution is to save money and stop throwing cash away on unnecessary purchases.
A simple plan to put money away every week can really add up over time. Just cutting out one unnecessary purchase each week will also help you reach your New Years Resolution to save money without making a huge lifestyle change.
Skip your Friday coffee or make your own lunch for work and put that cash away instead of using it on something else.
To save big, take a look at your finances and figure out a number you can put away each week without coming up short on your bills. Be sure to allow yourself some cash for entertainment otherwise this New Years Resolution will never work out if you leave yourself feeling deprived, you are more likely to give up early.
Did you make a New Year Resolution (Click here for a few New Years Resolution ideas) or do you think they are a bad idea? Tell me all about it by leaving a comment below, I would love to hear what has worked for you.