Although I think you can start new, healthy habits at any time of the year, the beginning of a new year is when many make resolutions to start.
You might be thinking you made some last year that didn’t really work out. Did you abandon your healthy eating plan halfway through the year? Maybe your running shoes spent more time on your shoe rack than racking up kilometers on the treadmill or outside. Or the juicer you were so gung ho to use regularly was pushed to the back of your cabinet.
That’s okay. All isn’t lost.
Even if 2015 wasn’t your best year, you can leave the old there and start taking steps to make 2016 better. Set your intention, whatever it is, make it a priority, and take steps to get going on it.
Make Your Resolutions Stick
Last year around this time, I wrote about how to make your resolutions stick. You can review it to help you this year. If you find yourself making the same resolutions year after year, take a moment to think about why it hasn’t stuck. Is it something you really want? If so, these tips can help you be more successful this time around.
Work Your Plan
Something I’ve wanted to do for years was to write a book. I finally did so last November, because I made a plan, posted about it on social media so I was accountable, and stuck with my plan. There was a short time-frame (30-days through the National Novel Writing Month contest), and I had a deep desire to do it. I spent October planning, got a mentor who had done it the past few years, and I wrote every day.
My musings that one day I would do it turned into doing it when I really set my mind to it. The satisfaction of setting and achieving a goal is amazing. I ended up finishing ahead of schedule. The idea seemed overwhelming, but I broke it down into small goals, and took it day by day.
If a goal seems too large, break it down into more achievable mini goals so you don’t get stressed out and discouraged.
Get Back on Track
When it comes to your health, if you’re ready to make better eating choices and want a way to jump-start it, I’ve made it easier for you. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter before January 31, 2016, and I’ll send you a clean eating meal plan complete with recipes for a week.
This will be handy for those of you who might have overindulged over the holidays. I know that I did, and I definitely paid for it. But I enjoyed myself with friends and family, and I’m back to eating well. You can do it, too.
What do you want your 2016 to look like? Visualize it, set your intentions, and make them happen.
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