Are you a resolutions/goals person, or do you ignore all the hype of New Year’s resolutions, figuring that resolutions never work anyway?
There’s an old saying from Weight Watchers or WW as they style themselves now:
If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got.
Tweak your life
Whether you believe in resolutions/goals or not, chances are your life isn’t perfect. There’s no need to overhaul your whole life and make lofty resolutions that have no hope of ever being fulfilled.
You can change your life with some small tweaks, though, and here are a few I’m doing (some I had already started before the ball dropped on 2019):
- Drink more water. I don’t drink juices or soda, but I realized how heavily I rely on teas. While there’s nothing wrong with that, plain old H2O does a body good. So I’ve been drinking more of it.
- Walk more. I wrote about this a while back, how I’d relaxed my walking because I thought I do enough running. Then I realized I really do need to move more, and since the weather is often nasty at this time of year, my treadmill has been getting a workout — a walking workout, that is!
- Utilize those stairs. I’ll never be Kim @ Runningonthefly, but I decided recently I could use my stairs more. So when I’m pacing around the house because I’ve been sitting too long, I also go up and down the stairs a little. This is one I know I need to build on slowly, because too many stairs too soon can irritate my IT.
- Preplan my meals. I know for a lot of people this sounds nuts, but it works for me. And of course I’ve gotten away from it. I just plan out my day the night before — and if I feel like changing it — which I often do — I just change it. Having a plan helps me to make better choices, and I suck at following other people’s meal plans.
- Mindful eating. I don’t read or watch tv while I eat, but sometimes I find myself gobbling down my food when I’m busy — sometimes even when I’m not. We don’t taste our food when we do that, which can lead to overeating! One way I slow down and savor my meals is by closing my eyes — when I’m by myself, anyway.
Simple steps to a better life
Some people love those big, scary goals to motivate themselves. Sometimes I do, too. You can never go wrong with small steps to a better you.
What small changes are you making in 2019?
Do you have any big goals for 2019?
Or are you completely happy with your life as it is right now?
Big, hairy, audacious goals are wonderful. Without the small steps you most likely won’t meet those goals. So dream big, but start small. — Chocolaterunsjudy