HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 🙂
My brother and I completed in awesome challenge on New Years, sparked by my BFF Jewels. Grab a sheet of paper – tear it into strips and write down goals you want to work on for the year in 1 week increments. Fold them up – toss into a mason jar and every 2 weeks pull a slip to work on. Derek is not very adventurous with food so he threw in a lot of slips about trying new things + sticking to schedules. I threw in a lot of mini challenges like no desserts, doing all morning workouts or not using a pony tail during the week for work (I’m so lazy with my hair, it’s sad!). My first one was NO desserts, 2 weeks. Coming off Christmas and New Years – a dessert detox is a MUST. But, dammit I want something sweet! Thankfully banana Chobani + peanut butter is quite tasty ~ as are all fruit smoothies…those will have to suffice for the next 2 weeks! I have done no desserts for months before so I know I can persevere. Derek’s first challenge is trying 6 new nuts (I have no idea how we’re related – I LOVE nuts! He only likes cashews). 🙂
If you’re up for a challenge I highly recommend it!
I got the idea of doing a second jar – (thanks Mama E!) – Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year….. ❤
I think both of these things are small changes in my perspective (or my goals for the week) that will yield big results in the long run! I loved this post by one of my favorite bloggers Cupcakes and Cashmere – “I’m torn about New Year’s resolutions. They’re promising in theory, but usually turn into these unrealistic challenges we create for ourselves. Instead of embracing the upcoming year with energy and enthusiasm, I end up dreading my new pledge to hit the gym and eat more vegetables. Besides the statistics that show how few people follow through on their resolutions (it hovers around 10%), I’ve decided to take a different approach this year. I want to start the year on a positive note – one that celebrates and rejoices in the little moments instead of focusing on changes that need to be made.”
How true is that?! We all resolve to exercise more, drinks less yadda yadda. What if we did small things and come next year were happier, healthier and more fulfilled because of it? I think that sounds awesome. Do it with me and share your challenges / successes!
I’ve been making small changes to my diet. Not just tracking my calories but tracking what kinds of foods fill me up versus which ones lead me to be hungry in a few hours. Chobani yogurts with fruit / granola / anything are the best snack in my fridge right now. Apples with peanut butter and smoothies made with all fresh fruit are close behind. Popcorn? Tasty but notsomuch nutritional or filling. Same goes for Kind bars, I love them. but they don’t keep me full! So this month I will focus on choosing the healthy, more filling option and making sure not to succumb to taste over fuel.
I also want to focus on getting the best workout possible. Not just going to the gym or Zumba or barre n9ne – going and being 100% *in the moment* of what I’m engaging in.
Live more in the moment and less in my mind. Tweak things when I find I am not longer getting the same burn / enjoyment / sweat.
I am a huge nerd when it comes in charts/ graphs. I like pictures. I like a story with visual aids. So, when I came across this I had to save it. So true!! Not happy? Change something. Don’t want to be happy? Stay the same and shut up! 😉