Operation Skinny Jeans: New Years Resolution

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Years Resolution

Yes, I know its the end of October, not January 1st yet, but I wanted to talk about New Years Resolutions. Have you started thinking about yours yet? Year after year I would always resolve to get healthy. Every year I would say "THIS is going to be my year!" I would alway dabble from September to December, but come January 1st, I was ALL IN.

For 3 days.

I would put together the perfect plan. I was going to stop eating sugar. All of it. And I was going to workout 60-90 minutes EVERY day and I was going to become a runner! I would plan out my week of meals, full of chicken, veggies and rice. I was going to be ON POINT and I was going to SUCCEED!

And every year, after 3 days, I would quit. I would be SO SORE that I couldn't move the next day, and I would be SO HUNGRY and dissatisfied I would binge. I could go hard for 3 days before I gave up. It really is no wonder I had a fear of working out and diets. My only experience with them was extreme, and really unpleasant.

I would tell myself I CAN'T succeed, and I would go back to bingeland where I lived until September.

I realized something pretty valuable when I started this blog. I started on December 2nd. Not January 1st. There was nothing special about that December, except that I was ready to commit. I was not waiting for a new year to motivate me, all I needed was a Monday. And that Monday I decided to change my life.

What are you waiting for? January is still 2 months away! What could you do with those 60 days? You don't need a new year to start, you just need the faith that you can do this. And you don't need the perfect extreme plan to succeed. In fact, I really don't recommend it. All you need to do is decide today to start with what you have, where you are today. Make small choices today that over time will compound into more. Instead of grabbing a diet soda, grab a water. On your 15 minute break, go for a walk around the building. Dance to some music while you make dinner. Get on the floor with your kids tonight. You don't have to change your lifestyle to make healthier choices. And you don't need January 1st to change your life.

There are so many small changes you can make to make a big difference in how the next 60 days go. What could you change in your daily life to take a step in the right direction?

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