5 NYE Resolution Tips to Keep You on Track
January is the busiest sales month of gym memberships for the entire year. Gym staff see high volumes of people eager to fulfill resolutions and change their lives. However, when March comes around, the regular flow of clientele returns and the once eager lot go back to their routine, while locked into paying monthly fees. Don’t get me wrong, I wholeheartedly encourage healthy lifestyle changes. I agree that the one element necessary to change one’s current paradigm, is the decision to do so. Deciding to make a lifestyle change, setting realistic, attainable goals and revising them daily are key factors to success. Remember (here comes the cliché) Rome wasn’t built in a day. Here are a couple of tips and suggestions to make 2015 your year to rekindle the love relationship between you and yourself and to help keep you on track to attaining them.
1. Stay Hydrated! Drink More Water! Pick a water bottle that has rhinestones and pink glitter if that’s your thing!
Water aides in weight loss as it revs up metabolism and helps to dump stored toxins out of your body. Water also helps you feel full. Replace calorie laden juices and sodas with water ( don’t add flavourful aspartame packets to it!!!) and drink a glass before a meal. Among the many amazing benefits of drinking water, it happens to be the fountain of youth. Smooth out wrinkles, dry skin and dry nails by staying properly hydrated. A good sign to tell whether or not you have had enough water is that your urine will be clear. Try lemon water daily before a meal. It helps kick start metabolism and tricks the stomach into thinking you have eaten something. Hydrochloric acid is released and will start to break down any debris from past meals.
2. Get Outside!
I know, I know, trust me, I know. It’s coollllddd outside and the fire inside is so warm. There are many things to do in the winter. Layer up in some warm clothes so when you get out there, it’s a fun experience. Sledding, Xcountry skiing, hockey, skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, casual walks and meditation with a beautiful view. You don’t have to spend large sums of money to get outside. Check out local thrift stores for some used gear. You will be surprised at what you find! Here are some words of wisdom from David Suzuki’s team “Over the last decade, researchers have realized what most of us know intuitively: nature is good for us! It is well documented that being regularly immersed in a natural setting, like a park, field or forest, can lower blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels, and boost immunity. ‘Green time’ has also been shown to reduce feelings of anger and depression, while increasing energy, creativity and even generosity.“
3. Keep a Journal
Keep a journal dedicated to goals (revise often) and progress. You will be more likely to to succeed if you are inspired by the progress that you are making. It’s important to ‘check in’ with yourself daily. Write down feelings and inspirations. Never be afraid of your thoughts and feelings as they are a part of you, and you are perfect.
4. Detox your life!
Let’s face it, whether you live in a cabin in the mountains or a high rise in the city, you spend a decent amount of time on social media. Do you subscribe to people or organizations that post negative, gossipy or low vibin’ content? If you realize it or not, the negative content effects your mental wellbeing! Don’t be afraid to press unsubscribe or delete on Facebook. Subscribe to pages that reflect your goals and new found path in life. Before you know it, your social media outlets/inputs will be flooded with positivity to get you on track. The same goes for television, movies and people in your life. Have pride and confidence, stick to your goals and before you know it, you won’t be bothered by other people’s opinions and actions.
5. Take an Hour for Yourself Every Day
Yoga, meditation, exercise, a great meal, a glass of wine, massage, homemade facial or all of the above, it’s important to reaffirm that you love yourself. Self preservation is an important key to maintain a healthy family and work environment. The martyr mother paradigm is over. You have to fill your own cup before attempting to fill anyone else’s.
I hope this helps you to start off in the New Year with confidence and inspiration.