My Musings

Get a Jump-start on Your New Year’s Resolution(s)

Ok, so you’ve made it through Christmas. You’ve caught up with all of the rellies, ate and drank way too much, beat your backyard cricket highest run score from last year, and you’ve been eating Christmas leftovers for 3 or 4 days now. And now you can see past the “I’ll worry about that after Christmas” fog that you’ve been in since late November, and you’re starting to think about your resolutions for the New Year.

Well, I say “good on you!” Why wait until the 31st or the 1st to start thinking about what you want for yourself next year (or is it this year? This year coming? I get so confused around this time of year…).

Now, I dare you to take it one step further, and get a jump-start on those goals today!

Here’s some simple ways you can get cracking on your New Year’s resolutions before you put up your new calendar:

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight:

  • discover your big motivating factor – what is the real reason you want to lose weight? To feel more confident, or sexier? To be able to play with your kids? To have less pain? To live longer? To live an authentic life?
  • set a realistic weight loss goal and time frame – an average loss of 1-2 kg per week is ideal for healthy long-term weight loss;
  • rally the troops – a support network of loved ones who will support you, not judge you;
  • write down all of the good reasons for losing weight that you can think of in 2 minutes, then all of the bad reasons (if there wasn’t any bad reasons, you’d had done it by now, right?) – eg. “I’ll have to spend money on new clothes”, “my relationships might change”;
  • forget about diets based on deprivation right now – they set you up for quick weight loss, then gaining it all back, plus some.

If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking:

  • add up how much you currently spend on ciggies per week, then multiply that by 4. Make a list of 20 things you could spend that much $$ on each month. Then multiply that number by 12, and make a list of what you could do with that much extra $$$ each year – dream overseas trip perhaps? Take a photo of your lists and save as your phone’s lock screen;
  • ask your doctor for advice on nicotine replacement options or prescription medication, and then stock up on any you think could be helpful;
  • ask your smoker buddies and loved ones to not smoke around you. If they say they can’t, or won’t (rude!), tell them you may not be able to spend much time with them for a while;
  • find new ways to relax – massage, meditation, or that hobby you could never afford!
  • limit alcohol and coffee, and time spent in any places you tend to associate with smoking.

If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more:

  • pick one or two activities/sports/classes that you know you will enjoy and sign up for them. Be sure to add them to your new calendar or diary;
  • lock in someone you’d enjoy exercising with, and the days/times you’ll do it;
  • buy the equipment, clothing, shoes you’ll need (and take advantage of the sales!).

If your New Year’s resolution is to quit sugar:

  • donate or give away to friends and family any leftover Christmas goodies, plus any soft drink, chocolate, lollies, cake, biscuits, etc, etc you have in the house;
  • reduce the amount of sugar you have in your tea or coffee;
  • watch ‘That Sugar Film‘ – it’s next-level motivation!
  • tell everyone you know, via social media or group text message, that you’re quitting sugar – hello accountability!

If your New Year’s resolution is to drink more water:

  • buy yourself a big water bottle (at least 1.5 or 2L) that you only need to fill once a day;
  • if you get bored with water quickly (like I do) freeze lime or lemon slices, berries, cucumber slices, anything that will make water more interesting or enticing for you;
  • download an app that will keep track of your water intake and remind you to drink.

You know what? I have a feeling this year….next year….the year that is starting very soon, will be a very successful one for you – so get going today, and get it done!

No, no, no! Don’t wait until tomorrow! Don’t wait until the 1st!

Get. It. Done. Today!

And make sure you let me know how you go.

Melanie x

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