New Year, Same Drama?

Knowing These 5 Effective Tips Can Help...

January 1st: the day of new beginnings and journeys. The day of magic. The day I will magically stop craving cupcakes, cookies, mojitos with sugar around the rim of the glass, glazed ham, sweet potato casserole with the little marshmallows on top, and fried chicken wings (yes, only the wings…everyone knows that’s the best part!).

January 1st

 The day I vow to exercise 6 days a week. The day I buy every piece of gym equipment that doesn’t have to be nailed down. The day I purchase a box set of workout DVDs so I can magically get my abs looking like Janet Jackson’s circa 1997 on the Velvet Rope Tour.

January 2nd

OMG. I didn’t know my stomach muscles could hurt this bad!! How many sit-ups did Janet do to look like that?? I need some magic to help me sit down on the toilet because my thighs are whimpering from all of those squats! Hmmm…I wonder if there are any chicken wings left…

January 3rd
The day the magic officially left the building. Exit door straight ahead. Channeling Beyoncé’s “to the left, to the left”. Even the happiest place on Earth is now known as “that place formally known as Magic Kingdom”. The abs DVD is being used as a coaster for my mojito.

This was my story for too many years to count. What happened to all the excitement and drive to start new and fresh for the New Year?? What happened to all of those things that were finally going to make me happy???

While the New Year is a great opportunity to set new life goals and to work on bettering yourself, some people tend to go overboard (like I used to) and make the goals so big that it’s a struggle to reach them. Check out this adorable video of an epic struggle:

Try these 5 tips to start the New Year off on the right foot

1. Pick one or two things (tops!!!) you want to work on and that’s it! People tend to have a mile-long list of self-improvements to tackle and then try to work on them all at once. That is a recipe for disaster and only makes you more likely to get discouraged and give up halfway through the list when you don’t see immediate changes.
2. When you’ve chosen your goals, make sure they are S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
3. Once you’ve defined what your goals are, be certain that you are in the right head-space to begin. If you aren’t fully ready mentally, you’ll never stick to them.
4. Know that if you do slip-up and eat a cookie or two…or five…or if you only exercise 3 days out of the week instead of the 4 that you planned on, it’s OK! The world will not come to an end because you made one slip-up. Remember that you are human and give yourself a break.
5. When you have a slip-up, don’t throw the whole day away. Get right back to making those healthier choices!

Leave a comment below and let me know if you have any other tips for goal-setting.  What are your New Year’s Resolutions??

About Hope McPhatter

photoHello everyone! I am beyond excited to be a part of a network of people who are proactive about their health and interested in all of its dimensions! Going into the Health Education field allowed me to learn about health not only to help others, but myself as well. For the past 3 years or so, I have really embraced the concept of holistic wellness in more and more aspects of my life. I can’t wait to take you all with me on this journey to be as holistically healthy as possible. I look forward to the ride!


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