Now that we are facing the end of another year it is time to reflect and decide what to change for 2017. There is no denying that 2016 took a toll on many of us. Let’s always remember the good and the bad, but let’s keep it in the past. Don’t dwell but instead learn and move on with a clean slate. Let’s start by getting real with New Year’s Resolutions and why you need to fix yours.
Before you get dolled up to go out partying and drinking with your friends on New Year’s Eve, you think up a resolution. Everyone is going to ask you what it is. It’s a tradition that we do each year. Sometimes we don’t feel like making a resolution but we do it anyways. I know I do. When someone asks me I want to have an answer ready. Maybe it’s just my own anxiety but not having an answer to a question makes me really nervous. What if I lie and they ask a follow-up question? You have to have a plan!
When coming up with a resolution for the New Year, what do you set as your goal? What do you use as your inspiration to come up with a fantastic resolution? In my experience there are two types of resolutions people make: the unrealistic and the realistic.
We’re going to start with those unattainable resolutions that we make. With unrealistic resolutions you know you have a very small chance of success. Naturally as soon as we hit mid January we’ve already broke our resolution and feel like crud. The unrealistic goals that are made the most are…
- Going on a diet.
- Joining the gym.
- Quit smoking.
- All A’s in school.
- Running a marathon (when you’re not a runner)
The reason that these resolutions fail us is because we’re looking at the end result. We want to rush the process, skip the hard work to instantly cross that shiny finish line. Your original resolution might be to lose 30 lbs. But without the right kind of willpower that’s not an attainable goal without starting off small. Don’t crash diet or change everything you eat in a day.
You will crash and you will burn.
No need to fear, I have another way! Let’s take a look at those realistic resolutions now…
Alright! Now we can get down to business!
Realistic resolutions are goals you make that can easily be attained. With a lot of hard work and dedication these are goals you will be proud to reach. Taking a look at an unrealistic resolution we can turn it into a realistic resolution. For instance, quitting smoking!
You want to quit smoking but trying cold turkey on January 1st is not cutting it. Instead, make your goal to smoke less over the year. If you normally smoke 10 cigarettes per day then slowly decrease them. Eventually 10 cigarettes a day will turn into 2 until you no longer have the desire to smoke. Let it take you a year to cut back. It’s okay! You’re improving your life and becoming healthier over time.
Have a look at some other realistic resolutions…
- Eat healthier over time.
- Start taking walks around the block.
- Study an extra 30 minutes a week.
- Drink at least 1 water per day.
- Eat a salad twice per week.
- Stretch for 5 minutes everyday before getting out of bed.
- Eat a piece of fruit every Monday.
The point is to set a simple goal for yourself. A small task that can ease you into your main goal. Over time that little change will become a normal part of your routine.
If you start walking around the block after a couple weeks you may think that’s become easy. One block turns into two blocks. Two blocks turns into one mile. That mile turns into you running across the finish line of your first 5k run. Over the course of your progress you might even find you picked up healthy habits. Drinking more water or eating a healthier meal before you go out exercising. Not only have you become a runner, you’ve saved yourself the monthly gym membership and you’ve shaved inches off your waistband. Look at you go!
Remember — everyone had to learn to crawl before they could walk. Pace yourself and celebrate your progress.
Knowing whether you’re making a realistic or unrealistic resolution is important. Will you set yourself up for success or failure? With all of that being said I’m going to share my own resolutions. Yep, that’s plural for you!
I will not turn into a full blown hermit.
The hubby is deploying in early 2017 so it will be me and the doggies alone on base. I am known for not leaving the house when he’s gone in the field for training exercises. I stock up on all the food I can and then don’t go outside until I run out. This year I will try to go outdoors more… whatever that means!
I also tend to stop answering the phone and talking to family and friends. Communication has never been my strong suit but I will regularly contact my friends and family.
I will wake up before noon at least twice per week.
Days where I wake up early in the morning I tend to get a lot more accomplished. I write quality posts, clean the house, and even get a decent workout in! However I’m notorious for sleeping in well past 2 o’clock in the afternoon. As a night owl I’ve always preferred being up when everyone else is in bed. I get more done in the creative sense. I brainstorm and come up with my best ideas at night. However, if I can get up earlier twice a week I can keep a better schedule for myself.
I will continue to blog and vlog for all of 2017.
That One Birch is still a baby blog that I have just created. I have a lot of plans and goals for it that I fully intend to pump out throughout the upcoming year. No need to fret, we will not be shutting our virtual doors anytime soon in the future. There’s a lot of growth to do together and I hope you’ll be along for the ride.
I will try 1 new recipe per month.
Cooking can become repetitive and boring if you don’t spice it up with something different every now and then. New recipes will also give me the opportunity to blog about food! I love writing recipe posts but sometimes I can’t think of what recipes I have that others would enjoy. Whether
It’s a good or bad recipe that I try once per month it will be post worthy.
A new recipe will also give me something interesting to look forward to. Another resolution that will help me be less of a hermit since I’ll have to go shopping for those ingredients. Double whammy!
I will celebrate Holidays even by myself.
With the hubby being gone for deployment a lot of holidays are going to pass by myself. I fully intend to celebrate them even if it is just me and the fur babies. St. Patrick’s Day better be ready for all the beer I’ll be drinking. Valentine’s Day? You better believe I’ll be bawling my eyes out to sappy rom-com’s! Our 7 year anniversary? Well… let’s just say I’ll be buying myself something nice from my husband.
I will get out of bed most days.
Another resolution that has to do with my hubby being deployed. Last time he was deployed I was surrounded by family and friends who forced me out of bed. Without people forcing me to get up I tend to not leave the bed for weeks. Last field exercise I spent 2 months hiding under the covers feeling all doom and gloom. This time my goal is to get out of bed on the days I know I can take on the day. The ones where I absolutely can’t then I’ll allow myself to hide under those sheets a little longer.
I will try to eat eggs for breakfast more often.
Fun fact about myself: I HATE eggs! The consistency and taste just gross me out. Recall the movie Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts? Well her character changed the type of eggs she liked depending on who she was currently engaged to. That’s been me for the last couple of years. I’ve tried all kinds of eggs and they all grossed me out except for one: over hard eggs.
I plan on making more over hard eggs because I like the way I feel on days I eat them. I eat less, feel more energized, and I take on the day. Since eggs are healthier and more filling than sugary cereals it’s a great choice. I’m hoping it will help me eat healthier overall!
I will get my shit together…maybe.
Okay this one is sort of a mental thing for myself, I guess? I tend to be very scatterbrained at times. My emotions are chaotic and I have social anxiety that can be crippling. With the hubby deployed it becomes a lot worse. Instead of lying and saying I’m fine I will get help if I get too sad and miserable. I will keep up on deadlines, appointments, and my own health. It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself when you’re feeling depressed but not this time! This is the hardest of all my resolutions.
I hope you enjoyed reading about realistic and unrealistic resolutions. Also I hope you liked my resolutions and maybe they will help give you some inspiration for your own New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. If you know what your goals are already then leave a comment down below! This will put it in writing for you and I would love to hear what you have to share!
Good luck with your goals and I hope you all have a Happy New Year!