Making a New Year's Resolution You Can Stick With

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With the start of the new year, many of us make resolutions with the hope of improving and adding more value to our lives.

The first couple of weeks in January are a great time for personal reflection. It’s an opportunity to look ahead with vigor. It’s a time to reflect on our personal growth.

We tend to set unrealistic expectations when it comes to sticking with New Year’s resolutions. It becomes harder due to the day to day responsibilities.

Let’s say you want to join a gym, this requires discipline and commitment. After a long day at work, all you want to do is go home and relax. Or, let’s say you’re trying to eat healthier. Well, healthier food is more expensive and there are days we’re running late and need something quick, so we end up at a fast food joint.

Here are some New Year’s resolutions that are realistic:

1. Wear a pedometer. You’ll be surprised as to how much you’re not walking.

2. Use a smaller plate to eat on. It will help with portions and you won't overeat.

3. Work out BEFORE you go to work. Even if it’s a 15 minute walk around your neighborhood.

4. Walk around your work building on your break. 

5. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

6. Instead of taking the closest parking spot, park father away! It will force you to walk.

7. While doing your laundry, instead of throwing it in a basket, fold it as you take it out of the dryer and put it away. Believe it or not, it adds more steps.

8. Spend your Sundays food prepping for the week. Try to plan ahead.

9. When grocery shopping, try to fill your cart with as many colors of fruits and vegetables. They all carry healthy benefits.

10. Don’t skip breakfast! You wouldn’t run your car on empty, would you?

Keep realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure.