Resolution Rescue 2021
I decided a few years ago that I was finished with resolutions. In fact, this may be the only resolution that I have had long term success with!
It isn’t that I don’t have aspirations for the year ahead, but resolutions always left me feeling worse about myself. The trouble with resolutions is that they are often too lofty. We make them in a moment of inspiration, only to be followed by the realization of their hard to please nature. Typical new year’s resolutions leave very little room for grace, for crummy days and for life’s speed bumps. Resolutions operate on a very black and white system. Either you achieve them or you don’t. Once you skip a planned workout, eat some sugar or forget to do whatever it is that you meant to do, you’ve failed. This is unfair to all the other days that you accomplished what you set out to do.
Instead, why not make some lifestyle shifts so that the things that are really important to you get the attention that they deserve?. It is with this in mind, that I want to share with you some of the things that have helped me along the way as I’ve shifted my thinking.
- Be thankful. It can be very easy to find things to complain about some days, especially in our current state of events. What if we chose to always look for the good instead? The person who was rude to you, they may have just lost their job. Let’s shower each other with grace.
- Be kind to yourself. Often we extend kindness to others and forget ourselves in the process. I have a habit of putting too much on a ‘To Do” list. This is getting better, but I have to admit that I’m still working this one. When you make your list take a look at it and ask yourself if you would ask any of your friends to do everything that is on there. If the answer is no, you know you need to edit.
- Start your day with a glass of water. Your body has worked hard all night while you were sleeping, processing food and making waste. Help flush it all out a bit by giving your body a glass of fresh water first thing in the morning – before a cup of caffeine!
- Exercise should be fun! It doesn’t have to be something that hurts or is a struggle to do in order to count! Walking, hiking, lifting weights and stretching are great options. There are so many great online options available. If possible try and support a local instructor.
- Eat real food! Eat food that is as close to how it grew in a field, pasture or on a tree as possible. Food from a box or carton often is just a faint reminder of what it once was. Have a look at the grocery store at all the products on the shelves with the word ‘fruit’ in the title. You just may be surprised at how many of those items don’t have any actual fruit in them at all!
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