Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Five Realistic New Year's Resolutions Many People Should Consider

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Today is the fifth day of the year, and with that being said it's a likely statistic that about half of all New Year's resolutions have already been thrown to the side or failed. That's too bad. Here are five New Year's resolutions that should be easier to follow and more realistic for most people.

1. Let it go

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Put negative thoughts and negative feelings where they belong.

Hate something prominent in your life? Maybe it's your job, your living situation, a person, or any number of things. This year, if it's at all possible, try to rid yourself of that element of hate in one way or another or it will continue to stress you out unnecessarily.

2. Pace your diet modification plan (if you have one)

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Here are some quick weight loss and dieting statistics (From the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition).
  • Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains, sodium and saturated fat.
  • Out of the 90 million or so overweight or obese Americans, only about 20% will try to commit to a new meal modification program or diet change of some sort this year. Around 60% of those people will quit or give up within the first five days and 95% will quit or give up within the first 30 days. 
Is it because these people are all just a bunch of quitters? Possibly for some, but not necessarily for all.... If you have terrible eating habits, your body has become used to that over the years. You can't go from eating terrible, to eating completely thoughtful and healthy in one day! Like most bad habits, you need to slowly ween yourself off of a bad diet.

Drastic and sudden change in your diet can often come come with mental anguish, along with changes in your mood, and energy. And not the good type of change. For example, you can't go from drinking a liter of soda everyday to cutting yourself off of soda "cold turkey" in one day. The huge drop in sugar alone could send you in a tailspin if you're not careful. Make one or two slight modifications every week and be realistic about the commitment, don't plan on losing 50 pounds or more in month or two. 

Quick weight loss plans are often propelled by a diet or exercise program that may be unrealistic for you to keep up with on a long-term. You may lose weight fast, but if you don't keep it up, you'll often quickly gain all your weight back plus more. Overall, it doesn't pay to bother with the quick fixes.

3. Push it to the limit

If you don't understand this reference to that phrase, we can't be friends.

Are you giving your absolute best effort in life to the things that matter the most? Or are you even close to giving your best effort? 

It's important to use the time you have on this earth wisely. Work smarter, not harder. And remember, put more effort this year into being the absolute best version of you, that you can be. Most people can improve on something, even things we do many times a day, everyday.

4. Cut back on social media

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Social media is slowly but surely trying to make face to face human contact obsolete. You may think I sound like an out of touch dinosaur, but what if I told you that the average social media user (with at least three accounts), will spend 10 days worth of time this year reading updates, posting photos and generally just being nosy? I assume it would open up your eyes a bit. 

And by no means would I say to banish social media out of your lives, just be more mindful of how you use it. For those of you who post your personal problems online all the time, keep in mind that probably less then ten of your social media contacts are concerned with your everyday problems, the other 300 or more contacts either don't care, think it's funny, or find you moronic. Think before you share.

5. Embrace your "happy" more 

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Everyone has something in their lives that brings them joy.

Whatever it is that makes you happy and carefree, make more time for it. You may not believe you have extra time, but making more time for your favorite hobby or activity can make you feel more fulfilled and more prepared to deal with the not so happy things. -EE

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