Ready for the new year?
New year resolutions don't have to be a daunting task. Nor do they have to be a year long commitment. A simple yet direct approach can yield rich results and give you the confidence boost needed to start the new year strong.
Slow and steady wins the race. Recall the tortoise and the hare? Small simple goals spread over the course of a few months is easier to attain than one big goal and burning out in two weeks. Another option is to make one big goal and break it up into attainable smaller goals over the course of the year. Remember, it takes 21 days to create a new habit and 90 days to create a new lifestyle. Find a program that can keep you accountable and consistent.
Eating Healthy and Losing Weight:
Let's say you would like to loose 10 pounds. That is almost 1 pound a month. You can start with cutting out dairy for 3 weeks (flax milk, almond milk, and coconut yogurt will be your friend here). Then eliminate white bread and pasta for 3 weeks. Now, cut out white and refined sugar for 3 weeks (raw honey and coconut sugar are great substitutes). Finally, cut out red meat for 3 weeks. Look at you! In less than 3 months you were able to achieve a level of healthy most people struggle their whole lives to attain. Weaning off of refined sugars and chemically processed foods will give you increased energy, an improved palate, and cravings will decrease due to eating wholesome food. Not to mention how creative you will become preparing your favorite foods in a tasty healthier manner. Can't you just feel your clothes fitting bigger and your energy increasing already?
Working Out and Exercising:
Working out for 30 min to an hour each day does not sound like fun to most people. Instead, try walking for 15 min at a brisk pace for 3 weeks followed by 2 min of stretching (you can do this on your lunch break). Then add jumping jacks or crunches during the commercials while watching T.V. for the next 3 weeks. Now starting taking the stairs or walking across the parking lot at work and while shopping for 3 more weeks. Finally, add squats or a wall sit twice a day while brushing your teeth for 3 weeks. Wow! By the end of 3 months you are exercising approximately of 1 hour each day! See how easy it is to start small and then add a little at a time? Slowly cutting out unhealthy foods and adding exercise in-between your busy lifestyle doesn't require a gym membership or a personal chef. All that is needed is a little will power, creativity, and most important a simple plan that can help you stay on track.