Surprise! An article I wrote about following-through on New Year’s Resolutions was picked up by the school’s blog! Woohoo!
Since I cannot post a direct link, here’s a copy/paste of the article:
2013: Easy Game Plans for Positive Change
It’s that time of year again: time to shake off bad habits and resolve to make some changes, big or small, for the New Year. Are you at a loss for what resolutions you want to make this year? To get you started, here is a list of some of the most common pledges and a game plan for how to follow through with the commitment all year.
Lose Weight/Get Fit
Okay, admit it. Now that you’re back in school, chances are you’ve cut a few corners when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Balancing a heavy school schedule (and work, for many students) often results in impulsive and rushed food decisions. Fast food becomes a much more convenient option and, next thing you know, your pants are fitting a bit tighter than they did a few months ago. Don’t despair! In the New Year, you can resolve to make small changes that will fit into even the busiest schedule.
For those on the go, diet is often the hardest thing to manage. Fortunately for technophiles, there’s an app for that! In fact, there are several dedicated apps for choosing healthy options at restaurants (even fast food!) that can help you make better food choices while on the go. A few well-rated apps would be:
For those looking to add more fitness to their daily regime, there are several apps to help you squeeze in a quick workout or diversify your current fitness routine. Like to run? Check out MapMyRun (available on both the Apple and Android markets), Nike+ Running (Apple & Android), or Run Keeper (Apple & Android.) If running isn’t your forte and you’re dreading the introduction of exercise into your daily life, consider an app such as Pocket Yoga (Apple & Android), which offers 27 different sessions and can be used by even the newest yogi. As long as you’re moving, you’re burning calories – so get active!
Spend More Time With Friends & Family
This is a very common and noble resolution that is often one of the first to get broken. Life moves quickly and plans to meet at a coffee shop with a good friend are easily cancelled when a looming deadline for work or school is staring at you. So how do you stick to this promise to be more involved with those closest to you? Time management.
Chances are, you probably live on some sort of a schedule now. You’ve slotted time for work, for school, for events, so why not for your friends and family? Dedicate a few blocks of time every week to spend with your loved ones and commit to them. Treat that appointment as you would a due date for school – it’s not optional. It doesn’t have to be a fancy plan – a phone call to an out-of-town relative, a walk in the park, grabbing a bite to eat – but you’ll feel rewarded and renewed after a little downtime with someone close to you. And, if you’re both working on the weight loss resolution, combine this bonding time with a good sweat session and kill two birds with one stone. Improvise!
One of the best things you can do for your overall health is to give up a bad habit, such as smoking or heavy drinking. Whatever your vice, the best way to follow through with your commitment to quit is to get a support network. Tell everyone you know that your goal is to “quit X” and ask him or her to hold you accountable. If many of your social group also smokes or drinks, you may need to distance yourself, if just for the short term, until you break your own addiction to avoid the temptation of slipping into the “just one won’t hurt” mentality. There are many steps you can take to quitting an addiction, from replacement therapy (e.g. patches, nicotine gum, etc.), to support groups. Find what’s best for you and stick to it.
Stick to It!
Whatever your resolution(s) this year, regardless of how big or small they are, set realistic goals for accomplishing them, and stick to it. Just like creating a time management schedule, achieving your goals is not an overnight trick – it requires planning, prioritization, and dedication. If you slip up a couple of times, don’t beat yourself up and binge eat/drink/smoke because “the day is shot anyhow.” Every hour, every minute of the day is an opportunity for a fresh start toward your goals. Best wishes for a fruitful, successful, and goal-oriented 2013 to all of you!
Well, happy 2013 to me!
~ Victoria Elizabeth Ann