Happy New Year Friends!
2017 was one heck of a year. I think I say that about every year when I take a look back. It’s amazing how the days seem to creep by, but the year ends up flying by in a blink of an eye. Suddenly it’s January 1st and you have no idea what happened between the months of September and now.
I am going to do a recap of the year on Friday, to share with you some ups and some downs of the year. I will share in hopes that I can remember the year and you can gain a little more insight into my sassy life. I tend to be a bit closed off as it is hard to be vulnerable. I think the only way for this to work between me and you is to share more about me. The good, the bad and everything in between. But for now, I want to take the time to talk a little bit about New Years Resolutions.
New Year’s Resolutions
It seems to be a big topic every year. Some people are pro, some are against, some flip-flop, but let’s get right down to it. Resolutions are not black or white, they’re not right or wrong and they’re not good or bad. For some people, a reset on January 1st may be exactly what they need, for others not so much. Now, there are statistics out there showing that a very small percentage of people actually stick to their New Years Resolutions. Some say it’s because resolutions are stupid, but what if we are just going about it the wrong way? Ever think of that?
Maybe it’s not the idea, it’s the user behind the idea. Maybe it’s the motivation that goes wrong or life that gets in the way. Happens to me all the time. So, instead of a HUGE resolution that I know, I’ll never keep, I try and stick with one thing I want to improve upon throughout the entire year.
New Year, New You?
I hate that phrase. I am the same person I was last night at midnight that I am when I woke up this morning. I am still easy-going, loud, energetic, over-emotional, athletic and empathetic. I still love wine, chocolate, and cheese. I still want more dogs and less laundry. I want to stay up too late with my friends playing Rockband and wake up early to workout.
You have such amazing qualities about you, why throw them away? Instead, stay the same you and aim to grow this next year. Find something that matters to you. Something that when you look back on in January of 2019 you are happy with the improvement of.
For example, last year I committed to making 2017 the year that I would make sure I sent Birthday cards and gifts on time (or sometimes just sent them period.) I have found that since I live far from a lot of family members and friends, I sometimes get lazy about sending gifts. Why? Well, my way of showing affection has never been gift giving or receiving, I prefer spending time with others, so for me, it’s always been hard to remember that sometimes a gift is a really great way to show someone you are thinking of them.
Seems simple, right? Well, I definitely improved this year. While I still have a long way to go (sorry friends & family who I may have missed this year) I was 10x better in 2017 than I was in 2016. Was I 100% successful? Heck no. Was I at least 50% successful, absolutely. Does anyone really care about the percentage? NOPE! Just try and better yourself in areas that matter to YOU.
As a dietitian, January tends to be a busy month. Everyone wants to be fit, lose weight, be healthy, etc. I applaud that! However, I find most people are setting unrealistic expectations for themselves. I want to help you with all the above, but I cannot help if you think we are going to fix everything in 1 month. A lot of health and fitness goals are accomplished over the long term. Believe me, baby steps are the way to go. It seems trivial now, but in 3, 6, or 12 months from now, you’ll be amazed by how far you have come.
I work at Designed to Fit Nutrition and we came up with the Not Another Sh*tty New Years Diet Plan for this exact reason. Customized meal planning works and it works over the long term. We are not talking Biggest Loser type weight loss patterns (10+lbs per week for multiple weeks is just not healthy or sustainable). We are talking lifestyle changes that set you up for success AND allow you to have your cake and eat it too 🙂 Want to sign up? Go for it here: I’m In!
New Resolutions for the Same Old You
We don’t all have to vow to lose weight, go on a Whole30 diet, exercise 5 times per week, quit this, that and the other thing. Instead, we can focus on small changes that will add up over time. I have a few ideas that might help:
- Give More. I made that resolution last year, and I’m keeping it again this year. Give a little bit throughout the year and see how much better you feel. You can give to friends, family, charity, volunteering time, etc. doesn’t matter, just give more of you!
- Prioritize a Relationship. I know the first thing to go when I’m busy, stressed, etc. is my relationship with my husband. We push off date night and say “next week”. This year I’m prioritizing it so that we can continue to grow together.
- Sleep More. Sleep gets pushed aside when life gets in the way. Improving your sleep may actually help to improve your health, diet and fitness goals, without you doing all that much besides going to bed. 15 minutes extra a night, that should be easy enough.
- Prioritize fun. How many of you feel guilty when you do something fun and frivolous? I know I do. Make it a priority to have more fun this year, after all, YOLO!
- Do Less. Say No. Be You. That’s a loaded one, but if that’s all that you keep saying to yourself, I think you’ll see 2018 will turn out a-okay.
Thank you for being apart of my little world over here on The Sassy Dietitian. I am planning out the Calendar year to put some great ideas into place for you all.
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