It’s that time again, for a New Year. A new beginning. It’s certainly the most motivating time of the year for me. It’s a time where I know I want to start new and leave any bad habits or behaviors in the past. It’s a time to to give things a fresh perspective and to feel like we can really look ahead and not behind us. So here are the things I’m going to achieve in 2017.
Reach My Goal Weight
I’m not just saying that I want to reach my goal weight this year. I am putting an actual game plan in place to hit that goal weight. I have a date set, I have daily actions planned, and I have a clear vision of what achieving the goal will look like. I’m not just hoping I’ll eat healthy. Or planning to eat well most of the time, or more often than I don’t. These past few months my weight loss has stalled. I haven’t been pushing myself because I’ve had so many other things to focus on. But, I want to make 2017 all about my health and weight loss goals again. I have another 40 pounds to lose to hit my goal weight.
Devote time each day to Gratitude. Negative and positive emotions can’t exist together. I need to be less stressed, more relaxed. I need to take time to reflect and breath and be still. If I am not thankful for the little things I have been given in life I won’t be thankful for the big ones, I need to learn to see the good in all situations. I’m thankful for the difficult situations I’ve been through because they’ve made me who I am.
I found a gratitude journal in my stocking. (Amazon affiliate link, see disclosure.) I wasn’t all that surprised to find it since I’m the one who put it there. I’m not waiting until the new year to start it I want to get this habit started now. I used a gratitude journal for a good part of last year, but then I stopped, for no good reason other than my own slacking behavior. This one is a fun one, as it has pages that can be colored, which is supposed to be good for relaxation as well. And I need to chill sometimes.
One of my fellow bloggers Sara, of My Think Big Life, wrote a post about gratitude, which I enjoyed thoroughly. Check it out here.
Eat the Frog
Ever hear this saying? If you have to eat a frog, do it in the morning and it will be the hardest thing you have to do all day. It’s really about procrastinating. If it’s cleaning the bathroom, or making a difficult decision, or exercising or having a tough conversation. Whatever it is. I need to get it over with first.
Why? Because I will fill up my day with enough other things that I will run out of time for the frog. I’ll just sit and stare at the frog all day. Sometimes I don’t actually ever eat it! I know exactly what the frogs are in my life and I need to start eating them early.
Manage My Time
This sounds like the previous resolution, but it’s not. The last one was about getting the tough stuff out of the way early. This one is about making room for everything that’s important to me in a schedule that seems full.
What I plan to do is keep a time log for the first week of the year to see exactly what I’m spending my time on and where I can trim the time away from. Things like exercise, meal prep, writing, reading and relaxing with my family need to take a priority. I know there are plenty of things I waste time on. Like reading what people are arguing over on Facebook for one thing. Who cares? Watching television that stresses me out. Time waster.
I’m going to make a better effort to maximize my time for the important things, without feeling overwhelmed. This means cutting out some of the less important stuff.
Be More Me
Whether that includes saying no to things I don’t want to do, or finding out more about what I want to do and who I am, I need to give myself permission to be myself and not the version of myself that I think everyone thinks I should be. I want to shut up the little mean girl who lives in my head who tells me that I need to behave a certain way in order to be approved of or accepted.
I need to slap a muzzle on her because she’s doing nothing but holding me back. Often, she stops me in my tracks before I can get started. Anything I want to do, she has a million reasons why I can’t do them. And she starts listing them one after the other after the other until all I can think of is why not. And then I don’t, because I’m afraid to fail. What I need to do is ride out the possibilities. What’s the worst that could happen? And then what? And then what? Would it really ever be as bad as what’s in my head? Probably not.
I’m going to live 2017 outside my comfort zone. And I’m not listening to any mean girls. Whether inside my head or out.