Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simple Changes for A Better New Year

Once again I have the opportunity to share my ideas, this time while participating with SocialMoms and Simply Orange Juice. I know between December and January, it seems like everyone is making some sort of New Years resolutions, or planning a new strategy for the new year. And oftentimes, the resolutions and changes don't last much beyond January! (I know-I've been there :)
So, here's what I'd like to do. I'm going to share just a few simple changes that will help me (and can help you too) to have a better year!
My first change is very simple, although it relates to something a lot of us plan every year. I'm going to start eating better. Not a wild, all-out diet that won't last. I am going to start making healthier choices, though, when it comes to eating. Instead of a big, juicy cheeseburger next time I stop at a fast food restaurant, I'll opt for a salad, or maybe grilled chicken. Another aspect of eating better that I plan to incorporate this year is portion control. I am the first one to add an extra scoop of ice cream to my sundae...even though I don't need it! Afterwards I always feel guilty, and knowing I ate too much...I think I will have a much better, happier year if I control my portions, and make healthier choices.
The 2nd change I am making is to exercise more regularly. I often start a workout program, and end up falling off a few weeks into it. No more! I have written out an exercise schedule, and plan to stick to it. I always feel better when I exercise, but if I don;t do it before lunch...usually it doesn't get done at all. So, my change for 2011 is to exercise 5-6 days a week, stick with a program, and do it in the morning!!
My 3rd change is something we all know to do, but often skip over, thinking it's a waste of time. Yep, writing a schedule out! I have good intentions every day to get certain things done around the house; a sewing project, a special area that needs a thorough cleaning, maybe a blog post that I keep putting off. You know how it is though...somehow the day just gets away from you! So, I have determined to actually USE my daily planner this year! I will write down things that need done, and that way I  have an easy way to make sure I'm not missing something, or falling behind on my projects.
So, there you have it. my 3 (very basic) changes to make 2011 a better year than 2010 was! Eating better, exercising regularly, and keeping to a schedule...all 3 of these will help me feel good, have less stress, and take care of myself better than I have been! And the best part is they really are simple changes!
If you have any hints, tips or changes for the new year, please share them with me! I'd love to hear your ideas for a better year in 2011!

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Simply Orange® blogging program. If I am one of the first 65 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 Target gift card and a gift pack that includes a Simply Orange® cooler bag and logoed fleece.

1 comment:

  1. My tip is to stick to it and be strong. My new year I plan on working hard at organizing my home and schedule. I am a homeschool mom and it is hard to stay organized during the year.
    I know from experience that encouragement means alot.