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Naughty or Nice. Holiday Survival Guide.

Part 5 - New Year

So, with the New Year finally upon us, I will keep this one short and brief. I am sure many of us have way more interesting plans and parties to get to anyway!! But if we survived the Christmas holiday, and if we survive all the New Year Eves parties, then come the even more dreaded: New Year’s Resolutions!!!!

I am sure at this point in our lives, many of us make New Year’s resolutions with the firm and undeniable feeling that we will, “make them to break them”. However, we probably still make them with the best intentions of keeping them, and thus, this blog is dedicated to the best ways to help keep those New Year’s resolutions…

Many New Year’s resolutions fail because they are grand, sweeping goals that require significant changes in our lives, that are likely to be too extensive to implement overnight. For example, if I say to myself, I’m going to start going to the gym 3 days a week, and eating healthier, but my hectic life schedule can not accommodate these changes, I will inevitably fail no matter how much my willpower.

Although there is nothing necessarily wrong with that goal, the concept that I could make significant enough changes in the single month of January to reach those goals is highly unlikely. Instead, I would do better to say my overall goal in the new year is to eventually go to the gym 3 times a week, but to start with one day a week in the month of January. Then I might say in the month of February, my goal is to go to the gym twice a week, and introduce one healthy meal per week. By March my goal might be to go to the gym 3 times a week and have 2 to 3 healthy meals per week. The more time I give myself to implement the changes that I want to make in my life, the more likely I am to be successful.

It is also important to remember not to be discouraged if your plans do not work out in the first or second month, or even in the first 6 months!! If you’re only able to make it to the gym one day a week for the first 3 months that is still not a failure, especially if it means by the spring and the summer you can start going for walks and bike rides outdoors, and perhaps look at other ways to enjoy more healthy meals.

As we said on the farm growing up, never give up. If you get kicked off the horse 5 times get up 6 times. You never failed until you give up!

Come heal, grow and create together


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