There are many reasons why we give up on our resolutions, and every person stops their resolutions for different reasons. One thing that we need to remember is that, just because we give into one temptation, does not mean that we have failed ourselves. You cannot exclude everything that you once loved out of your life, that will only lead to stronger cravings. Allow yourself to indulge in the things that make your soul enjoys, as long as it is in moderation. But hey, if you cross the moderation line, it is not the end of the world. Move on from it, and do better the next day.
But do you know the biggest downfall to it all? We all decide that we want to change so much about ourselves, way too quickly. We say we are going to start waking up at 5AM every day for the gym, then we are going to cook a 5 star breakfast every morning, followed by looking our absolute best. But wait it’s not over. We must also meal prep every Sunday, call long lost friends, not get behind in school, and then of course, get to bed every night by 10 o’clock. This all seems fine and dandy until one day, it gets thrown off course. We then realize that it is too much to get back on track, so we one by one let go of these commitments that we had promised ourselves.
So this year, I have an idea. Instead of trying to change everything right off the bat, make goals. Make a goal every month to work towards. For example, overall if you want to start working out in the morning before your day begins, in January start by waking up an hour earlier than normal. Come February, start adding in the workout in the morning. If you can push yourself to start small, it will help in the long run. Because in all honesty, you are not going to see results right off the bat anyways, and this way you will not get burnt out as quickly. Also- it takes about 2 weeks or so to create a habit, and by the time a new month rolls around, the past month will feel like second nature!
I have decided to tentatively plan out the upcoming months for myself, just to give myself idea of what is in store! (Plus, I am just a huge planner in general.) But I only got to February! I wasn’t able to think of anything too long term, past that, but that is okay, because I am sure that something will come up at some point!
Personally, the easiest way for me to have a good day is to hit the gym. So regardless, I am going to make sure I can fit my workouts in daily. I work out because I enjoy working out, I don’t have to force myself to do it.
January- Practice waking up at 5:30 every weekday. (I will have to wake up that early anyways when school starts, so I might as well get in the habit now. When I wake up that early, I am going to making that time “me time”. I can do anything during that time that will make me happy—write, exercise, make a hearty breakfast, whatever is going to help me have a great day.
February- NO SKIPPING SCHOOL! I need to start this out early… I am going to push myself to not skip any days at all (that is my long term goal this year for school!!).
What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions for this upcoming year?