For the past few years I’ve shied away from making resolutions for the New Year. If I made them, I would break them… within two weeks.
I admit, I have very little willpower when faced with tough resolutions like getting fit, cutting out junk food completely and so on. However, this coming year, with a focus on making myself a better person, I’m setting realistic new years resolutions.
Daily Twenty Minutes of Heart-Pumping Physical Activity
I can spare 20 minutes a day. Twenty minutes of cardio activity is doable in so many ways. A walk during lunch. A quick bout of speed-walking on the treadmill in the morning. Dancing in place while I watch TV in the evening. A brisk walk around the grocery store instead of a slow shopping experience. Just keep moving!
Keeping An Eye on Portion Size
Part of my problem is that I enjoy food a bit too much. Combine this love with stress eating and a desk job, and voila, there’s a couple pounds added every month. Thinking about how much I eat throughout the day will not only help my waistline, but also ensure that I’m not feeling overly full and sluggish at the end of each meal. This is good for the body as well as the mind.
Acknowledge My Happiness
How often do we complain about what’s wrong in our lives to our spouses, family members, friends and even co-workers? Instead of being a negative person, I’m going to strive to think about everything that’s good in my life. Waking up each morning, we normally flip on the news and are faced with reports of yet another murder or car crash on the streets of Toronto. We see skewed, biased news reports that piss us off on a deeper level. We shake our heads, wondering how the world has gone topsy-turvy. And we forget that in our own little worlds, we have so much happiness.
We have a roof over our heads and food in the refrigerator. We have jobs that pay well. We have our health. We have family members that are all doing well, including older parents that are still with us. We have an adorable little boy who is growing up to be this funny, smart person that loves us unconditionally. We – my husband and I – have a love, deep friendship and respect for each other that many others wish they had. This is our happiness that we need to remind ourselves of each morning.
Don’t Stress Over the Small Stuff
As a first time mom, I’m coming to the realization that my life as I had known it up to now, is never coming back. I’ve got responsibilities that take up that precious me time that I enjoyed for so many years. With these responsibilities comes stress and the desire to keep everything organized and running smoothly.
Well guess what buttercup… motherhood turns everything upside down in your life. Bad days happen on a regular basis. For example the consistent occurrence of having your baby decide to poop just as you sit down to eat your dinner. It happens EVERY TIME. Or dropping your keys as you hold him while trying to get going out the door in the morning (try doing squats with a 23 lb 9 month old).
I’m resolving to laugh a bit more about these mishaps. They’re little things that happen that I have no control over, so why stress out?
If I Fall Off the Resolution Wagon
I will inevitably fall off the wagon, even with realistic new year’s resolutions. The goal will be to keep getting back on that resolution wagon and keep going.
My friends, I ask that you check in on me. Ask me if I’m keeping to my resolutions. A bit of guilt helps me get back on the wagon.
My biggest cheerleader is my husband Frank. I’m putting him in the role of official nagger. He has my permission to push me to keep to my resolutions, because even if they are realistic, it’s easy to become lazy after a while.
Just don’t expect to see Instagram posts with us in crazy couple’s yoga poses this year – we’re saving that for 2018.
2017 – here I come!