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Here we go again…it’s new year’s resolution time! Whether you love making resolutions or hate it, I encourage you to set some new goals for yourself this year. Personally, I love any excuse to set a goal for myself and see it through. I hope that you will embrace this time of year and use it as an opportunity to grow in some way.

I’m looking forward to hearing what your new year’s resolutions are. Truthfully, they don’t HAVE to be fitness- or health-related (although those are always good ones). I want to hear what you really want to accomplish this year, whether that be personally, financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically or otherwise.

There are a couple different ways to approach these goals, in my opinion. You can do a more traditional new year’s resolution and set one goal for the entire year, or, you can set 12 goals this year, focusing on a new one each month. I’ve got plenty of ideas to help get you started. Regardless, it’s important that you set some sort of reminder for yourself so that you can check in on how you’re progressing at different points in the year (or month). I find it helpful to set calendar alerts, others might benefit more from sharing their goal(s) with a loved one, someone they know will help them stay accountable. As always, I am here to help hold you accountable as well. You can share your resolution with a few close friends, or you can use the support system of those on social media via the Facebook page.

When you create your new years resolution, be sure to jot down how you will accomplish this goal as well as the goal itself. Studies show that by creating SMART goals, you will be more successful. SMART goals are:

Specific: Make your goal focused and well-defined.

Measurable: Put concrete numbers in your goal to know if you’re making progress or falling behind. Set reminders and track your progress.

Attainable: Create a goal that is realistic based on your schedule, workload and knowledge.

Relevant: Make sure the goal is relevant to your lifestyle.

Timely: Set a deadline. Otherwise your “goal” is just a wish. Pick an end date for your goal, and then break it down as follows: What will you do today to reach your goal? What can you do in 3 weeks and 3 months to reach your goal.

So there you have it! Let’s hear those new year’s resolutions! Post in the comments below!

 

Peace, love and success in the new year,

 

Melissa

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again…time for New Year’s Resolutions! I truly love this time of year because it’s a chance to put a plan in motion to better myself. But for others, the thought of coming up with a New Year’s Resolution is daunting. Thinking about keeping one thing going for an entire year is overwhelming and let’s be honest, by the time April rolls around, no one can remember what their resolution was!

This year, I propose something different. At first, you may think this is even more overwhelming, but I assure you it is not. Think about this—if you have a weight loss goal of 100 lbs., thinking about how in the world you are going to lose that weight is so overwhelming that it makes it difficult to take the first steps. But if you were to break it down and say “this month I am going to lose 8 lbs., losing approximately 2 lbs. per week,” it becomes MUCH more manageable! Such is true with everything in life. Breaking a large goal down into smaller goals gives us a better chance for success.

So in terms of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m going to suggest you do the same thing. Regardless of the resolution, most of the time it focuses on bettering yourself in some way, shape or form. It could be mentally, physically or emotionally. Write down all of the things you’d like to accomplish or change in the new year and divy them up between the 12 months. Maybe you have 12 things on that list. If that is the case, pick one for each month. From there, figure out how you are going to accomplish each monthly goal, breaking it down by week and even by day. Not only are you writing down your resolution, you’re writing down how you are going to make it happen as well. Setting a plan into action will help you accomplish your goal.

Maybe you have five things on that list, but two are extremely important or difficult. I would suggest repeating those two important resolutions. You can repeat them in succession, for instance, the first resolution could be for January, February and March, or you could repeat them at random times throughout the year—maybe January, June and November. Do whatever will give you the best chance at being successful with that resolution. Everyone is different.

If you’re like me, you have many goals you’d like to achieve, so this is the perfect avenue to take in order to achieve all those goals! I have many things on my list, many of which I cannot post online just yet, but here are some examples to get you started:

  1. Try not to stress over things I have no control over
  2. Get more sleep
  3. Exercise more frequently
  4. Exercise “smarter”
  5. Incorporate more movement into my daily life
  6. Make smarter choices when eating out
  7. Slow down when eating, chew my food
  8. Be more patient
  9. Stop yelling at other drivers (see resolution #1)
  10. Eat more wholesome, nutritious food
  11. Educate myself on better food choices for my family and I
  12. Try a Group Exercise class
  13. Be more kind to others
  14. Do one exercise every night before bed (side plank, swivel kicks)
  15. Give more compliments
  16. Reduce my exposure to environmental toxins (maybe try organic deodorant?)
  17. Start eating a healthy breakfast
  18. Stop making excuses for not exercising
  19. Spend more time with my family
  20. Better/more frequently communicate how important and loved family and friends are

Thank you all for a fabulous year! Live Whole Be Free has grown so much and we are just thrilled that we continue to reach more and more people every day. Here’s to helping many more people make healthier choices in 2013!

Peace, love and healthy blessings in the new year,

Melissa + Holly