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New Year's Resolutions Simplified

New Year's Resolutions Simplified

It's a new year, and what better time to make healthy resolutions and lifestyle changes? Unfortunately, many of us “fall off the bandwagon” and find our resolutions are only a memory by Valentine's Day. The good news is you don’t need to fall into that trap—some slight modifications to your new year’s goals can make them easy to attain and motivate you to keep them all year long!

Be specific.

If your goals are too general or vague, they will be harder to keep (e.g. “eat healthier” or "exercise more"). Setting specific goals helps you measure your progress and stay on track. For example, “eat 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies daily” or “exercise for 30 minutes every other day” gives you specific guidelines to measure your progress and celebrate your success. (While we're on the subject of exercise, if you're looking for fun ways to add physical activity to your lifestyle, check out this previous post!)

Be realistic.

Instead of trying to change your entire lifestyle, focus on small steps you can take toward larger goals. For example, a meat lover who wants to go vegan could set a goal of swapping animal for plant protein at least one meal per day. If you're not used to regular exercise, going for daily walks would be a more reasonable goal than training for a marathon. The purpose of small goals is not to lower your personal expectations, but to keep you motivated by achieving small successes along the way to your larger goals. 

Set limits.

Keep it simple—don’t overwhelm yourself with so many resolutions that you're tempted to give up! Instead, choose one or two resolutions to focus on at a time. After those resolutions become routine, revisit them in a month or two and re-evaluate. At that point, you can set next-step goals. Resolving to make healthy changes throughout the year takes off undue pressure at New Year's.

Celebrate!

A resolution kept is definitely worth celebrating! If you’ve followed your goal of eliminating processed foods from your daily diet, but have really missed pizza, celebrate by enjoying a slice or two. Rewarding yourself at milestones can actually help keep you on track for the long run! If a food reward threatens to trip you up and make it harder to get back on track, be creative-- treat yourself to something else you enjoy, such as a spa day or a new outfit. By celebrating your successes, you will be empowered to maintain and excel at your healthy lifestyle goals all year round!

What are your healthy goals for 2019? Share in the comments below or on social media with #TheFruitfulLife. Let us know how we can cheer you on!


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