As with every New Year we go through the process of thinking about what resolutions we want to set for ourselves. I'm no different and starting thinking about it in mid-December. So I started to make a list and realized it's pretty much the same things as it is every year:
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized it just isn't for me. By this past March I couldn't even remember what my 2012 goals were.
Yes, there are specific tasks and projects that I want to accomplish like:
1. Take a Photoshop class 2. Learn to breathe on both sides when swimming 3. Write more Yelp reviews
But there are also non-tangible lifestyle changes that I want to make.
Some of my goals won't be easy so I decided that this year, instead of setting ominous resolutions that I'll forget in eight weeks, I'm going to do things incrementally and attempt to do 30-day challenges each month and see how it works out for me.
To start off the year, I've set two challenges for January:
1. Stop Eating Refined Sugars
I would ultimately like to cutout processed foods altogether. I did it once five years ago and only lasted three months. It's really, really hard to do so I figured I'd start with refined sugars first.
I'm sure you can guess that this one came as a result of holiday treats. Having adopted a gluten-free lifestyle made it really easy to say no to a lot of Christmas cookies. But pies, well that's just my weakness, and visits to Zest, the local gluten-free bakery didn't help either. Needless to say that over the course of my vacation week I ate all but one piece of the Cranberry Apple pie. I felt like I needed a detox - stat!
I researched sugar detox programs and most of them were very strict. I'm not interested in cutting out fruits so I decided to just eliminate refined sugars. As of January 1st, no more pies, cookies, frozen yogurts (my other weakness), etc.
I've always wondered how my body would respond if I eliminated refined sugars completely so I'm intrigued to see what happens and more importantly how I'll feel.
(realistically, I hope I make it 7 days...)
2. Practice Pilates or Yoga for 20-minutes daily
Also during vacation my cousin Jenna and I did 20-minute Winsor Pilates and Jillian Michaels' workouts. I realized what a great workout you can get in just 20-minutes! I also know how much my body needs (and enjoys Pilates) so I'm going to attempt to spend 20-minutes doing it (or yoga) every day for a month.
I got burnt out on yoga but I do realize how desperately I need it so perhaps doing 20-minute Video On Demand workouts vs. 60-90 minute classes will rejuvenate my desire to practice it again.
It's my hope that by focusing on just 1-2 things each month I can achieve these challenges and adopt the lifestyle changes that I'm aiming for.
What lifestyle changes are you planning to make?