I made a resolution in 2018 to be more healthy in the New Year. I was able to stick to my New Year’s resolution and achieved my goal and I wanted to share some tips that my help you keep your New Year’s resolution all year long!
If this busy mom can do it, then you can, too!
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How I Kept My New Year’s Resolution
Focus on the small goals
The main key to my success was to take it one workout at a time. I know that it sounds cliche to say that but it really is what kept me going and helped me stick to my New Year’s resolution.
Once I finished one workout program, I would move on to the next and just focus on finishing that program as my main goal. Before I knew it, I had finished 7 different workout programs for the year!
Cut yourself some slack
It’s also important to remember to let yourself slide every once in a while. Yes, I missed some workouts on my busy days but I made them up on what was supposed to be my “rest days”. Just because you miss a day or two doesn’t mean you failed or that you have to start all over again, just start where you left off.
Small changes over time
I also knew that when I started this journey that it was going to be a lifestyle change that would need to be done overtime. I didn’t stick to a strict diet or nutrition plan, because I knew that wouldn’t last very long.
I would change up some of my normal snack food like chips, cookies, cake, etc. for more healthy options that I actually liked.
I still snack of those foods, just not as often. Now I eat more fruits, nuts, and popcorn ( my favorite is Skinny Pop)!
I also stopped drinking sodas. I have a hard time drinking plain water so every once in a while I will pour some lemonade into my water to give it some flavor. Again, I didn’t quit drinking soda cold turkey, it was a gradual change.
Know your Schedule
Another way to keep your New Year’s resolution is to know what you can fit into your schedule and when. I’m a stay at home mom so going to the gym really isn’t something that I can do everyday.
I got a subscription to Beachbody on Demand and it really is the only way I would have been able to stick to my New Year’s Resolution.
I am able to do it when I have time in the day and I have so many varieties of workout programs to pick from. As I progress, I can choose harder workouts to keep challenging my body so I don’t hit a plateau.
It also has a cooking show and nutrition plans where I can get healthy meal ideas that actually taste good!
I am all about saving money so I don’t spend a lot of money on things for myself.
I decided that to keep my workout motivation going, I would treat myself to a new workout outfit whenever I finished a workout program.
If you are focused on your health and fitness, don’t treat yourself with food. Treat yourself with a massage, new workout gear, or even a pedicure. Whatever works for you and keeps you going!
Tips to Stick to your New Year’s Resolution
Those are the things that worked for me but you may not be focused on fitness this year. I think the basic principles still apply to help keep your New Year’s resolution no matter what your goal is.
Here are some more specific tips for the most common New Year’s resolutions:
- The key to eating healthier is all about prep! You have to schedule the time to prep your meals so you aren’t reaching for more convenient (and unhealthy) foods.
- Invest in some meal prep containers to keep everything within reach.
- If you don’t have the time to sit and figure out every single meal, $5 Meal Plan sends grocery lists and recipes straight to your inbox.
- Make easy switches like 2% milk instead of whole milk. 100% whole wheat instead of white bread. Buying low sodium or fat free options of your pantry staples.
- Find more tips to Make Healthy Eating Easy and Enjoyable.
Staying Organized and Tidy
- This Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting and Staying Organized has some great tips to get you started.
- Make your house a “no shoe zone”. This will help keep your carpets and floors looking pristine with less cleaning.
- Get the kids (and yourself) in the habit of picking up clutter and putting things back in place before bed.
- If you want some more great tips and encouragement to get your home organized and decluttered, you can check out my friend Becky’s Freed from Clutter course and challenge.
- Make it a habit of meditating for only 1 minute every day. Just start with that goal and see how much longer you may be able to do it with practice.
- If you don’t like to meditate, check out these other Relaxation Techniques for those who Hate to Meditate.
- Listen to some calming music in the car to help tone down the stress on your commute.
- Spend less time on social media. Set a timer so you know just how much time you are spending on those sites!
- Set up a savings account with a name that will remind you of your goal. Ex: Baby fund, Car fund, House fund, Vacation fund, etc.
- Keep a spreadsheet of where all of your money is going for 1 month and see where you can cut back on those expenses.
- Lower your living costs by learning how to Negotiate your Monthly Bills.
- Learn how to Stop Recurring Fees on services you don’t really use anymore.
- Saving money is my favorite topic. I have hundreds of Money Saving posts to help you save as much as you can on every part of life. Feel free to browse around to give you more ideas.
Use some of these tips to help keep your New Year’s resolution once and for all! This is going to be the best year yet!