As we enter the third week of January and the excitement of the new year begins to fade, most of us are resigning ourselves to the fact that this year will be no different than the last and we try our best to ignore the mounting guilt that comes with realizing we’ve already given up on our New Year’s Resolution. Oh yes we were committed when we made it and determined to make it happen come hell or high water.
But somehow, just a few weeks into the new year we already feel a little deflated… We lack energy… Motivation…
Yes it’s true, statistics tell us that more than 90% of people who made a New Year Resolution have abandoned it by now.
And there’s a simple reason for that – LIFE!
Although we’ve pulled out a new calendar and have to remember to change the last digit every time we write out the date, day to day life is pretty much unchanged. We have the same list of endless tasks begging for our attention every day – loads of laundry to do, piles of dishes to wash, booboos to kiss, fevers to attend to, band practice, soccer practice, school work, housework, work work, volunteer work…
And not a moment to sit back and just breathe.
Yes we’ve fallen back into the same routine because let’s face it, without it we’d go insane!
Yet as much as routine can be a life saver, it also becomes the greatest obstacle to change.
And there lies the key to everything… The secret to sticking to your Healthy New Year Resolution is to change the routine!
In a recent survey I conducted on my Facebook page more than 200 of you shared that your number one goal for 2015 was to be healthier.
That goal was expressed in a number of ways:
“I want to loose weight”
“I want to eat healthier”
“I want to exercise more”
“I want to cut back on sugar”
“I want to…”
In a second survey in which I asked you to identify the greatest obstacle to reaching that goal, three answers prevailed:
Time is the one I want to address today because no matter what, time is the one thing we all have equally.
I know you’ve heard this before: We are all gifted the same 24 hours each and every day. What differs is what we make of these 24 hours.
If you want to make 2015 your healthiest year ever, your health has to be your priority each and every day. Here are a few simple ideas to help you achieve this:
Schedule your workout first thing in the morning
Exercise is one of the things most moms I know want to do more of but have little time for.
Make it a priority! Put it in your schedule before you add anything else and then do it!
I schedule my exercise firs thing in the morning for many reasons but mostly because that way I don’t risk letting other things get in the way and reaching the end of the day too tired and distracted. I feel good knowing I’ve honored my commitment to myself, feel energized for my day and able to get through my other tasks more efficiently.
Do your grocery shopping before you get hungry
I generally do my grocery shopping right after I drop the girls off at school. I generally have a filling breakfast before I lead the house so I am not hungry by the time I hit the grocery and I can lead with my head, not my growling stomach. Foods tend to be fresher and stores less crowded so I get done faster.
Join an established program instead of doing it alone
As you know I decided to start my year with a 21 day cleanse challenge as I felt it was the best way to get back into healthy eating habits. And though I could have made everything myself I decided to sign up with a program that delivers everything I need right to my door. This has made it super easy and I’ve been able to stick to the plan beautifully. It’s something I highly recommend especially if sticking to a program is something you struggle with. There is also something to making a financial commitment that tends to motivate us to stay the course of a program. We don’t want to feel as though we’ve wasted our investment. We also benefit from a built in support system. Whether you join an actual group or program in your community or join a virtual community, having that support is priceless.
Along with support, we all know the importance of accountability when it comes to sticking to our healthy plan. And to that end I am happy to bring you our first DARE for the year, from United Healthcare.
As I mentioned earlier, MONEY (or lack of money) was one of the top three obstacles to reaching your goals so how you would like a chance to win $400 Visa Card just for sticking to your healthy resolution?
To enter simply go to wedareyoutoshare.com/share and upload a photo or video of your healthy resolution.
Show us your new running shoes, your sweaty face, your mouth watering healthy recipes, your favorite book to relax with.. Have fun with it and share your links with me so I can celebrate with you as well!
While you are on the United Healthcare website take a minute to check out some of their other dares for even more chances to win.
This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions are my own.
Do you have any tips to share with other moms for sticking to your healthy resolution? What have you found to be your greatest motivator?
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