Doing This Once a Day Will Get Your New Year's Resolutions Back on Track
Hey remember those resolutions we made the last week of December? Let's pick those back up, shall we?
By the end of January, New Years resolutions have lost their shine. I was definitely feeling uninspired by my own goals and back into old habits circa the last week of January. I got married in 2016 and was in super great shape. In 2017, I totally slacked off and by the end of the year I was tired and feeling crappy about myself.
A big goal of mine for 2018 was to get my butt back off the couch and into the gym and to stop eating crap 24/7. We want a family at some point and I'm now 32 so I feel like if I'm ever going to treat my body better and get in shape, there's no time like the present. All of this, of course, is easier said than done and I needed a way to re-motivate myself to be better.
The plan? Write down one thing I did every single day that got me closer to my goal.
Resolutions are tough because I feel like we go into it with an "all or nothing" attitude and for most of us (*ahem* me) that's not realistic. Let's give ourselves a little more credit here! Being able to resist the free donuts at work is truly a miracle that deserves to be celebrated. Like many things in life, once you know you can, things get a little bit easier than they were before. I resisted those donuts once and I survived, I can totally do that again.
I started February 1 and physically wrote down one thing each day that made me better than the day before. Most of what I wrote down was small, but some of the small things gave me the courage to try bigger things. When I got close to dinner, if I realized I hadn't done anything better that day, I'd find myself cutting dinner portions down or skipping out on dessert because having to write down that ONE thing truly held me accountable.
Here's what I accomplished during my 28 days in February of writing down one thing a day: I tried 4 new gyms and found one that I've stuck with, I tried new, healthier food that I actually love, I cut my intake of sweets, I started eating smaller portions and I lost 6 pounds.
Not shabby, huh?
Grab a notebook, grab a pen and start giving yourself credit for one thing today that got you closer to who you want to be. Giving ourselves credit for the small things leads to big changes.
"Take the step. Somteimes the smallest step in the right direction winds up being the biggest step of your life." - Naeem Callaway