2016 was the best year of my life. I had my little boy, who made me a mother, and he makes me happier than I ever knew was humanly possible. But a lot of people close to me didn’t have such an awesome year whether they dealt with the death of a loved one, illness, or any number of difficult things. No matter how 2016 treated you, it’s always exciting to close the door on one chapter and start fresh.
Do you make resolutions? You know, set a goal for a positive change in your life for the upcoming year? It’s like a clean slate, right? There’s no better time to make a promise to yourself but a lot of times these promises are broken by say mid March. I have a few suggestions on how to make attainable, reachable, DOABLE New Year’s resolutions for a fabulous 2017, something we all deserve.
- DRINK MORE WATER. Duh. Sort of a no brainer. But it’s something we can all do, all the time. Buy a nice water bottle that you will want to carry around with you ALL THE TIME. And do. Fill it constantly and chug chug chug. It’s good for everything but especially your insides, your skin, your digestion, and can even help fill you up if you’re feeling ravenous.
- MOVE every day. I have a goal to work out every single day. It doesn’t happen but if I shoot to exercise every day, when I miss a day, it’s NBD. On days that I don’t attend a class or break a sweat, I still have a mini goal to at least move. I walk my dogs, push Aubrey in his stroller (uphill as much as possible), plank on my bedroom floor, squat while I am holding the baby, whatever. Something is better than nothing.
- Cook More, Dine Out Less. No one loves to go out to dinner more than me. Like, for real. I LOVE RESTAURANTS. Especially now that I have a baby. I can sit down to eat? Someone will bring me my food? I don’t have to load the dishwasher after with one hand? Sign me up. BUT even when you’re eating out and making healthy choices, there are so many unknowns. What sort of oil was your food cooked with? How much salt was used? Is anything organic? Is this a reasonable portion? When you cook at home you know the answers to these questions and can control all of the factors. You will also save a ton of money.
- EAT MORE GREEN. In fact, make it a goal to eat something green at every meal. Breakfast and dinner are easy for me. I have the BEC green smoothie every morning and some sort of salad for or with dinner. Lunch is tough because I am usually on the go. I am going to try and do better this year!
- ORGANIZE. Say what? I know what does organization have to do with it? A lot, actually. The more organized I am, the better I am doing at the life game. I have a grocery list with healthy food on it, I have meals planned for the week, I am using my time in the best way possible, I am making it to all my classes this week, etc. Get organized and stay that way.
- Cut Down on the Booze. I know. I know. I am like, zero fun. I didn’t say cut it out completely! Just cut back when you can and preferably where you won’t miss it. Sometimes after work Douglas will ask me if I want a beer (so crazy, I always hated beer but I love dark stouts after having a baby) and I want to respond YES every time but do I really need the empty calories? No. But when we are out with friends for happy hour or dinner or a cocktail party, then YES I really do! Pick your poison they say, just don’t pick it too often.
- Be Nice. No this isn’t going to clean up your lifestyle but it will make you an all around happier person. Times are tough and people can be mean, so take it upon yourself to talk to strangers, hold open the door, don’t beep your horn, return someone’s grocery cart…come on y’all. We could all stand to be a little nicer!
CHEERS to a happy and healthy 2017!