Making resolutions that you can stick to this year is all about you! As you may have noticed by that statement, I didn’t say “up to you” – that’s too much pressure. It’s that time of year to make resolutions – health, family, career, etc. – that are about you and what works for you.
When it comes to the new year, I think most of us want a fresh start (2011 was an interesting year for many of us), and it’s usually a good time for us to clean house and start new. Focus this year on the positive changes you can make and what is achievable. Think about things that you want to do, change, accomplish… remember what is important to you is what matters. We all have our own goals!
Whether this year you’re looking to get healthier, feel better, fit in those favorite pair of skinny jeans, look sexy for the one you love (or in my case, have the energy to keep up with my kids), eating right in 2012 is all about what works for you.
So what simple, easy-to-keep resolutions can you begin with that can be carried out through the year… not just until February (Most of my big resolutions end there!)? Try these tried and true simple fixes (our eDiets members swear by them) for 2012:
- Add in one more fruit and vegetable serving each day. Whether you’re good or not about eating fruits and veggies, you have room to add some more. This gets you in the habit of eating more each day!
- Add a whole grain. Change up that rice or pasta to whole-grain varieties. It’s an easy way to get more fiber and nutrients.
- Down-size the portion. Simply take or make less. It’s a simple way to cut back calories and still be satisfied. Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs.
- Pack snacks or meals. It’s much easier to stay on track when your food is ready for you (less nibbling on other stuff), plus you save a lot of money.
- Don’t get caught up with time. Things happen and schedules aren’t always on track.
- Keep low-calorie foods in view to nibble on while you cook or bake. Who doesn’t taste or eat here and there as they cook (extra calories)? Have water or veggies (carrots are good) around to nosh on while you are preparing – it’s an easy way to distract you from eating too much as you go along.
- Eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. This keeps you satisfied and helps with cravings and overeating (due to build-up of hunger).
- Set small, achievable goals along the way to stay motivated and on track.
- Be realistic. I like to think I am Superwoman, but there are some limitations!
- Have fun and keep busy. When you having fun and busy, you tend to be less bored (can help with limiting the nibbling).
- Reward yourself (my favorite). You deserve it and have worked hard!