New Habits for a New Year

Did you identify a habit to change? Perhaps you just want to shake up your routine. Take your time and change your habit little by little. If you’ve decided to lose a few pounds then why not start by reducing the size of your portions? You can even trick yourself by using a smaller plate. That way the portions look right for the size of the plate!

woman chosing salad over burger

If you decided to work out more often why not start by taking a short walk every day and then gradually increasing the distance you walk and the pace you set. There’s a great app for that. Check out RunKeeper. I use it every morning when I walk my dogs. I like to see how far we’ve traveled (usually not that far as I have limited time), what pace we kept (we walk slowly as my dog, Miles, likes to sniff a lot), and how many calories I’ve burned in the process.

young fitness woman hiker legs at forest trail

young fitness woman hiker legs at forest trail

If you want to get more sleep try going to bed five or ten minutes earlier each night until you arrive at the bedtime that works for you.

 

Bright moon in the night sky

Night fairy tale – bright moon in the night sky

Be consistent in your efforts and forgive yourself if you goof one day. Remember your reason for creating a new habit and make a plan to start implementing it. You may want to post some reminders around the house or set reminders in your phone to help you.

I know it will be hard for me to resist doing a few errands if I don’t have a client scheduled on a Monday morning and if I have errands to do. However, it has become increasingly evident to me that I really need to dedicate this time to business housekeeping. Knowing that makes me WANT to create this new habit.

Be sure about the habit you are choosing to create. Since you know that changing a habit is a challenge it’s not enough to need to change the habit. You also have to WANT to make this change. Once you have the desire to change, make a plan to take small incremental steps toward this new habit. Small steps are the key to lasting change.

 

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4 Responses to “New Habits for a New Year”

  1. TheSeanaMethod Says:

    Yes, it is about small steps taken consistently. Great reminder!

  2. Natalie Gallagher Says:

    I love the reminder that there’s no need to totally fall of the wagon if you have one “goof day”. Getting right back on the horse is key!

  3. Autumn Leopold (@AutumnLeopold) Says:

    I woke up this morning and though I have had a cold that’s no excuse for not being on track with exercise and eating better. So I have to get with the program! Small steps!

  4. Sabrina Q. Says:

    When there is no enthusiasm, it’s hard to stay motivated. So, I need to keep myself enthusiastic about the goal. It’s sad to say if there is no results to keep me motivated, it’s even harder.

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