Every year, I feel like I should make resolutions to eat healthier, have a better attitude, change the world…but I think I just set myself up for failure. This year, I decided that instead of making unobtainable goals, cause we all now life does’t always turn out how you plan, I found a few ideas that I think could make this year a great one with just baby steps in the right direction.
Im not a good list writer. I start a list and then forget where I put it. I do love this idea from Thirty Handmade Days and to keep it simple, I would write only one goal for each area so I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed with the 100 goals I really do have. I would also keep it right next to my family calendar on a clip board just like this one. Again, baby steps. Start with one and once that becomes more of a habit/easier/done, then add a new one.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge all over social media, which I think is brilliant. You could even start backwards so you have most of your savings in the first half of the year. If you can afford to, double the amount some weeks, especially in the beginning. Its doable and not extreme. If you don’t finish the whole year, you still have saved something, which it better than nothing at all.
The America Saves site give you tools to save in just about every financial area. Even just a little at a time. Great tips for kids too. There motto even states “Start Small. Think Big.”
So why not save money and work out? Put in a dollar every time you do a work out then reward yourself with something awesome after, lets say, 100 workouts, like buying a new swim suit or paying a little extra that credit card bill.
Eating healthy is actually one that I do try and keep up. This last year wasn’t a good year for getting of my bum and getting active. In 2013 I quit drinking soda. I still haven’t had soda and I don’t miss it. This year I plan to cut out whites, including white flour and sugar, Ive done it before so I know I can do it again.
This is one area that I think is not a “one size fits all” resolution. I do think this is the easiest to do in baby steps, and like everyone else, I try to do it all at once and then get burned out quickly. So I am not going to do it all at once, but add in (or take out) one thing a week, so it becomes more of a habit than something I will dread.
drink water, lots of it.
Take out the whites (flour/sugar) an add more color (fruits/veggies).
Thats it, until it becomes routine and then add in something new.
And if you Pinterest “Healthy Eating Motivation”, you will just become stressed and overwhelmed by the amount of “motivating words” that pop up…just saying.
Make 2015 a good year with baby steps, don’t overwhelm yourself and don’t set goals that will be to hard to keep.