‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, but before you dive head-first into a strict sugar-free, vegan, or paleo challenge, I want you to consider something…
…can you maintain that diet forever?
How will you feel about yourself if you slip-up? Will you throw in the towel two weeks into the New Year? Will you end up binge-eating on the foods you’ve chosen to eliminate? Will you ultimately end up feeling any better about yourself?
I’ve certainly had my fair share of drastic New Year’s pledges in the past, but if I’m being honest with myself, they never made THAT MUCH of a difference in my overall year. Even when I did a whole month of juice fasting until dinner (which to be honest, sounds pretty drastic to me now), it didn’t really leave me with any habits I wanted to maintain– in fact, I was pretty sick of green juice after that and didn’t drink it for quite a while afterward.
Looking back, I know I would have been much better off by making a resolution to simply add a green juice or smoothie to my daily routine. That would be a habit that I could keep up for life, making my overall health better in the long run– not just for a matter of 30 days. The more you practice something, the more permanent it becomes.
So, I’d like to challenge YOU to make a resolution that will leave you feeling better off for the rest of the year, too– not just for a few weeks in January. Instead of doing something drastic, I’m challenging you to practice 2 habits you want to make permanent in your life. For example, my two habits will be:
- Habit #1: Start my day with a vegetable (either in a smoothie, soup, eggs, etc.)
- Habit #2: Move my body for at least 30 minutes a day (walking, stretching, etc.)
Other habits you might want to try could be:
- Drinking green or herbal tea instead of coffee
- Giving up diet soda
- Eating a salad every day
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Lifting weights 3x a week
- Walking your dog for 20 minutes
- Practicing yoga
- Drinking 8 cups of water each day
- Meditating each morning
- Reading a book each night
Whatever you choose, I’ve included a printable challenge calendar to help you stay accountable each day for the next 4 weeks. Click on the image below to get a PDF you can save and print. I’ll be printing mine off and putting it on the fridge as a reminder of my goals for the new year.
As you’ll see on the challenge calendar above, I’ve included two places for you to write each day– so you can keep track of both goals separately. I usually use the top one for a healthy eating goal and the bottom one for my workout goal, but you can use those spaces however you like. You can also remind yourself of the two habits you’re working on by listing them at the bottom of the chart.
I hope this little challenge helps you feel empowered as you enter the new year!
If you feel like you need a little more guidance, be sure to sign up for my email list to get your free 21-Day Kick Start Program. When paired with the meal plan in my cookbook, you’ll have 28 days of complete clean-eating meal plans to follow, along with hundreds of easy recipes.
Or, if you’d prefer even more structure and slightly faster results, without doing anything drastic, join my Winter Detox Program which will kick off again on January 4th. It includes 21 exclusive cold weather recipes to help keep you warm and cozy while reaching your health goals, along with an exclusive online forum where you’ll get support from me and fellow participants. You can sign up for that here.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!