January is all about the New New: new outlooks, new habits, new dreams, new goals, new year, new you.
Every single year, hundreds of thousands of maybe even millions of newly-motivated individuals make resolutions to lose weight, or hit the gym every single day, or eat healthy. And by mid-January, the majority of those high-minded health goals have been abandoned, leaving many soured to the idea of positive change in the process. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
That’s right, resolutions don’t have to be life-changing nor uber-complicated. Keep it simple and be real with yourself. Are you setting yourself up for failure by expecting the earth, moon, and stars? Scroll down and keep reading for a list healthy suggestions for attainable resolutions. #winning
- Drink a glass of water upon waking in the morning — aim for eight ounces.
- When taking an escalator, don’t just ride but walk up those moving steps.
- Eat more high-quality dark chocolate (aim for 70 percent cacoa) — it’s loaded with antioxidants.
- Read the nutritional labels of the packaged foods you eat for an entire day. Check out the portion sizes, while you’re at it.
- Make a motivational playlist stacked with all the songs that make you want to move.
- Get outside for 10 minutes daily.
- Food journal for a day (or a week) and track what you’re really eating. Those 3 p.m. M&M’s might just be making you crash.
- Floss before bed. Your dentist will love you for it. Not to mention your own gums will love you for it.
- Focus on your breath when you feel the stress coming on. Yep, it’s a mini meditation session.
- Stretch while watching TV.
- Drink your coffee or tea without sweetener. Just try it once or twice and see. You might like it.
- Focus on chewing all the food in your mouth before taking another bite.
- Turn off all electronics 20 minutes before lights out at bedtime.
- Measure out your food portions before eating. Yep. You will have to read that pesky nutritional label.
- Walk for 10 minutes three times a week.
- Stay off of social media for 24 hours and see how you feel not being “connected.”
- Plan a vacation — little or big — since the planning makes you feel almost as good as actually getting away.
- Time how long you are brushing your teeth . . . the ADA recommends two minutes, twice a day.
- Order your sandwich on whole wheat bread.
- Write down everything you’re grateful for at the end of the day.
How’s that for a list to inspire you?! We want to know, Dolls, what are you resolving in 2018?