New Years Resolutions Done Right
Whether 2010 was good or bad, it is now over, and 2011 has come roaring in. Time to
dust off those old new year's resolutions and revisit them one more time, right? Wrong.
Albert Einstein once said "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting different results". So why repeat the same resolutions again
only to be disappointed and frustrated? Let's try a different approach.
First of all, let's consider what types of resolutions we can make and which ones are
best suited to our lifestyles this year. Typically, most people try to make resolutions
based on vague goals like "lose weight" or "eat better". These are not goals, but
should be looked at as the positive results of achieving specific, task-oriented goals.
Tasks sound like chores and therefore do not sound fun, but we can pick fun tasks that
will keep the motivation for months and even years.
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There are two types of task-oriented goals that make sense: general lifestyle changes
and one-time goals. A general lifestyle change, for instance, would be to walk 30
minutes, 3 days a week. In order to successfully make a lifestyle change, it takes
about 90 days of constant, conscious effort to make it stick to where it becomes an
unconscious habit that becomes part of a new, better lifestyle.
One-time goals are usually never considered but can be very fun and stress-relieving,
and if not, can still motivate you to achieve more goals when you're done. An example
would be to read a book you've been meaning to read. Once the book is read, your
resolution is complete. This is so much less stressful than resolving to "read more
books" this year and getting nothing done. So in considering resolutions for this year,
make sure to first decide on lifestyle changes, one-time goals, or a combination of
both.Now let's consider some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.
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Eating and Drinking Resolutions
* Drink less sodas - This is definitely a lifestyle resolution that is worth pursuing.
Sodas have zero nutrients and therefore no health benefits. They are empty
calories that spike insulin levels, corrode bone, and add fat to the body. The best
way to start is to just track how many sodas (regular, diet, with alcohol, or
otherwise) you drink each day for a week. Then resolve to drink one less can
each day the next week, and repeat each week until it reaches less than one
can a day on average.
* Drink more water - This is another lifestyle resolution that can literally change
your life. Proper water intake is needed for every cell in the body and can get rid
of nagging pains. Track how many 8-ounce glasses of water you drink each day
for a week and then increase the number by a glass a day until you are at a
glass for every 15 pounds you weigh (for example, 10 8-ounce glasses if you
weigh 150 pounds).