It’s December 16th, and that means 2017 is only 16 days away. While your holiday season is filled with friends and family (and food), you may also be thinking about the changes you can make in the New Year. Even if you don’t want to call them “resolutions,” making a commitment to change certain things about your lifestyle and drop certain habits (or add in healthy ones) can be a great way to improving your health and lowering your stress level. At New Vision Nutrition, we love being a part of a person’s journey to better health, and in this blog, we want to share some popular New Year’s Resolutions and how you can keep from breaking them.
This had to be first on the list, right? Approximately one of out of every four people put this on their resolutions list every December, and probably three out of four end up giving up before January is over. With our healthy meal plan options, you can make the change necessary to begin losing weight, and of course it’s important to add in regular exercise to your routine. Even just 15 minutes a day can make a difference!
Quit Smoking or Drinking
Another popular resolution is to give up cigarettes and/or alcohol. Many people add this one to their list, but after a few days (or maybe weeks), they’re hankering for a smoke or a drink. If quitting cold turkey doesn’t work for you, consider cutting back gradually until you’re down to one or two cigarettes a day, or one to two drinks per week. Consider pairing up with a friend who also wants to cut back and hold each other accountable for the next few months.
Save Money/Get Out of Debt
These two resolutions can often go hand-in-hand (even though getting out of debt often means giving banks and others your money). One of the best ways to save money each month is to make a budget and allocate the necessary funds to credit card payments, car loans, and other debt-creating charges. The other step is to put a certain amount away each month, either in cash somewhere in the house or into a savings account (so you can’t spend it as you want with your debit card). Before you know it, you’ll have paid off a good chunk of your debt and have a hefty rainy day fund!
If you spend a majority of your time looking for things at home or at the office, one of your resolutions might be to get more organized. Taking a weekend to create more storage for certain things by building shelves or getting a cabinet from your local home goods store could make life much less stressful. You don’t have to completely overhaul your kitchen or your office, but putting things in a better (and more reachable) place can make finding it when you need take much less time.
If you’ve begun writing your list of resolutions for 2017, and you’re worried about whether or not you can keep them, all it takes is a dedication to making changes and sticking to them. It can be difficult, but with the right attitude and a strong support system, you can eat healthier, lose weight, and do those things you’ve always wanted to do!