Hello to 2014. Hello to the unrealistic New Year resolutions. Hello to the weighted feeling of letting those New Year resolutions go un-resolved.
Let’s be realistic this year: determined and optimistic but realistic. Let’s focus on the short-term goals we feel confident we can hit if we push ourselves. Let’s feel a sense of accomplishment rather than dissatisfaction.
To those of us who do sit down for 30 minutes at the beginning of each New Year and conduct a list of what we hope to be in comparison to the past, our first two resolutions should be to: 1. Start this year slow and 2. Be selfish.
Starting slow does NOT mean being lazy and complete goals half-assed. Starting slow means creating and adhering to small, short-term goals that seem somewhat ridiculous when read aloud but we know in our heart of hearts we will need to remind ourselves daily of this goal in order to cross it off the list and feel complete. Although the goal may seem simple to some, we will feel amazing once we begin to create this habit or defeat this small challenge. Mentally, we will begin to feel like Superman… or woman (your preference of who you think is more of a BA.) These are the feelings we need to drive our confidence and boost our self-esteem so that eventually we can hit those huge, somewhat lofty and ridiculous goals we seem to never actually achieve.
We need to be selfish this year. Yes, time is of the essence and we never seem to have enough time in our day to dedicate to physical activity. No, walking the dog outside to use the restroom does not count. Neither does climbing the flight of stairs in our homes or apartments. We are alluding to the physical activity that encourages a shower. We know we have one-hundred million items on our to-do lists each day in order to be people-pleasers and pay the bills. However, we need to take our jammed iCals or Google calendars (whichever side you are on) and block out one ENTIRE hour for ourselves at least three times per week. Like we said, we are starting small and creating those habits slowly.
Need some ridiculously minor resolutions that will still feel exasperating but will feel incredible once completed? Here are five:
Eat at least one fruit and one vegetable each day.
Limit eating out to only three times per week. (Yes, this includes Starbucks or a quick snack from a fast food joint. Even those Tall, Skinny Vanilla Lattes are not our friends. I worked at Starbucks while in college; trust me)
Three times per week, take one entire hour to be selfish and get moving. Even if this means taking walks through the neighborhood at first. We need “me time” for our mental and physical health.
Stretch each day for five minutes. Stretching before bed or in the morning after rolling out from under the covers will loosen and relax those aching muscles.
Drink more water. Stay hydrated. Spend $12 on a neat water bottle or plastic cup and straw combo that is dishwasher-safe because nobody enjoys hand-washing non-dishwasher-safe plastics. (These are wonderful. I carry mine around like a baby blanket.)
Cheers to us! Let’s start this New Year selfishly!