Rethinking Resolutions! Not just "lose weight"...

Friday, January 04, 2013

First of all! Happy New Year!

So, I was thinking the other day about how my New Year's resolution is always a simple "lose weight". I put my main goal as my resolution, instead of making my resolutions for things to achieve that goal! I feel I may have been doing it wrong.

Instead of saying "This year, I'm going to lose 40 lbs" why not "This year, I'm going to get at least an hour of exercise every day!" or "I'm going to ride my bike more" or "Try a new exercise dvd each month" or "I'll make better food choices"?? (My random examples, not my actual resolutions, but close.)

I guess it works with other resolutions too, like if your resolution is to "get a better job" it could be adjusted to "Do something to make myself more appealing to employers" (Whatever that may be to suit whatever job you seek.. I don't know, "learn another language" for example) :)

Of course, our main goal remains the same. I just feel (for me at least) that looking at the steps, and enjoying the path, instead of just focusing on the finish line, I'm more likely to stick to the mini-resolutions and reach my goal without feeling so overwhelmed by it.

So, that being said! My official resolutions:
Walk/Jog or bike daily
Less "cheating" on my diet, one "cheat day" is plenty!
I have an awesome elliptical, I will use it!
I will put more effort into making time for exercise instead of excuses
Return to my old rule of "Exercise in the morning before going on the computer"

I'm sure I can think of more, but it's a start. :) And for the non-weight-loss related resolution; "Finish old sewing projects before starting new ones"!

Best of luck to everyone with your resolutions! :)
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