6 New Year's Resolutions you Can Keep

You know I'm not big on New Year's resolutions and again it's mainly because I have a hard time keeping them. Well, I thought about it and I think it's because I would make lofty goals with no real plan of attack. For example, one year I said I'd walk 2 miles per day to get some regular exercise.

I never followed through, because it was too much for me. So instead of just not having any resolutions, how about making them more realistic?, so here's six of mine and I bet you can do these too:

  1. Eat healthier. Instead of the slice of chocolate cake when I have sweet fetish, reach for fresh fruit. Oranges, strawberries, grapes... juicy fruits. Also, how about a homemade banana shake?! You can blend bananas, milk, and vanilla ice cream with some ice cubes to make a nice frothy drink. Fresh fruit is also better for snacking than potato chips. And by eating the fruit, you're still getting your sweets in but just in a better way.
  2. Simpler exercising. When I haven't walked in five years, what makes me think I can do 2 miles per day everyday?! So, start slower. Take a walk around my apartment complex which isn't very large and don't walk every day. Start with 2 days a week and work my way up to 3 then 5, and 7. And, I can also walk for 15 minutes to start at my own pace.

    Also, asking a friend to walk with you makes it fun and before you know it, you've got your exercise in for the day. To get motivated, purchase a new workout outfit like jogging pants or a cute jacket for the cooler months. 
  3. Get to bed on time. This is a problem for me being I'm a night owl but it can be conquered. I know my limit is midnight so tell myself I cannot be up past that and then go to bed no matter what I'm working on. The night goes so fast so getting as much rest as possible is essential to wake up feeling rejuvenated.
  4. Drink water. I don't have a natural taste for water, but I know my body needs it so to get me in the mood, I'll drink flavored water. Then, I can handle plain water.
  5. Get outside. Because I work 95% of the time in front of the computer, it is so easy to get caught up in it that I hardly see the outside of my door. I actually have to make an effort to get up and take a break! Also, having some more social interaction wouldn't hurt. As an introvert, I enjoy my time alone, but the world doesn't revolve around me so making time to have lunch with a friend or get together for a cup of cocoa will bring balance and who knows?, it may open other opportunities for networking.
  6. De-clutter. This applies to clothes I'm not wearing and items I'm not using. Grab one of those large bags, fill it up, and donate it. Or, gift it to a friend. If I haven't worn something in at least six months, chances are I never will so why let it sit in my closet? Also, de-cluttering is a great way to relieve undue stress.

Realistic goals are much easier to accomplish. I'm looking forward to the new year now that I have re-worked my list. So, do you have any resolutions for next year? Tell me about it by commenting below!

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