Resolutions: take ONLY what you can eat!
Another January has arrived and, as customary, a reported 92% of "us" will make one or more resolutions for the New Year. While the current trend for many "experts" is to chat about how resolutions are bad and don't work, the beginning of the year does bring a certain sense of renewal. There is also a definitive "starting and ending" point for tracking progress as well as success.
That said, if you're one of the 92%, allow me to encourage your success with a suggestion: don't bite off more than you can chew! Create S.M.A.R.T. goals rather than generic resolutions.
What's the difference?
Resolutions tend to be finite and somewhat extreme. It's all or nothing. You either lose 40 pounds in a month or you're a failure, for instance. Exercise EVERY day or what's the point. Period.
On the other hands, goals set realistically tend more dynamic and forgiving. There is room for give and take as you mold your actions to fit your situation while creating success. When done healthily, you work to change your habits; replacing negative and destructive ones with those that bring positive results.
Losing 40 pounds, for example, may be the result of scheduling regular workouts, creating a support system, and modifying your eating habits. Weight loss is not the primary focus, but is instead the result of all the other goals set.
More on this topic in post to come!