New Years Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are the main topic around this time of year. We see this time as a way to start clean to hit a new goal. Whether it is a health, spiritual, financial, or personal goal. But what we don’t realize is that not a lot changes from year to year and majority of us fail at most of them.

The reason why I think that is, is because we underestimate how much it really takes to change an unhealthy habit. We normally get started on these things we want for the new year, but once we see that it is not happening right away, we give up for a while, sometimes completely.

dear self new yearSo instead of creating the same resolutions you set every year, come up with some alternatives that can help you start your healthy lifestyle and keep it permanently.

Instead of saying something like, “I will start doing 100 sit ups a day” or “I will do the plank/squat challenge”, say “I will incorporate more ab exercises and cardio into my workouts.” Don’t say “I will exercise every day”, instead say “I will move every day” or “I will exercise 3-5 times a week”.

Why is that? Doing sit ups won’t make you skinny, it won’t make you lose belly fat. Plus, you don’t become fit by working out every single day. You become fit by finding a balance between work and rest. Exercising every day can actually make you weaker because it break down your body. Resting will help your body recover itself and get ready for the next time it is challenged.

Also, don’t say “I will stop eating unhealthy food” because you don’t want to restrict yourself some food, because this will more likely drive you to fall faster and harder than before. Instead, say something like “I will eat a balanced diet with room for treats with moderation.” And don’t use the word “cheat” because it suggests that what you’re doing is wrong, when it’s not.

So take some time to think about what you really want to accomplish this new year, and the reason why. Will it make you happy once you achieve it? If not, don’t waste your time on it. If you really do want to change your lifestyle, be realistic with your goals, and focus on finding things that will make this shift a lot easier. Most importantly, take care of yourself.

Be happy with what you have but work

Here are some few tips that can actually help you stay committed and consistent with your goals:

  • Write them down. If you write them down or see a picture of it daily, it will make it easier for you to remember it.
  • Visualize yourself at your goal. How would you feel if you were already there? If you already had that thing you wanted? Think about it constantly.
  • Look at the bigger picture. Don’t let the little things distract you. The doubters, self doubt, temptation, don’t let it stop you.
  • Be grateful for your support system. Get rid of any people who are toxic and bringing you down. If they are not supportive of your goal, they don’t need to be a part of your life. Be grateful for those who do.
  • If you make a mistake, it’s ok. We all screw up once in a while. It is ok. The world won’t end, life goes on. Just pick the pieces back up and keep it going.

You won’t be perfect, you have to realize that. But don’t give up. Continue to work hard on your goals until… no ifs or buts. Demolish your goals. I hope these tips can help you a bit, they have definitely helped me in the last few years.  I hope that you achieve everything you want in life and that you live the life you so deserve.

Good luck!

Happy early New Year!!

this is your year

Tips to spend a Healthier & Happier December

Ok guys. It is December 1st. We have officially entered the last month of the year. Holiday seasons has already started a few weeks ago, and staying strong during these days is a real test of your strength. Hope you behaved during Thanksgiving.

Healthier decemberI love December, because it is all about being cozy, decorating, time with family, love, and lots of FOOD. I LOVE eating!! 😂  I am Dominican so the food that we eat during the Holidays is just crazy delicious, but I won’t mention them so you don’t get hungry while reading.

Anywayyssss…. I am here to tell you that it is possible to make your December a bit healthier. Don’t worry, you won’t be skipping any of the amazing goodies. Also, some things to help you spend a happier Holiday Season with your family. I am all about Family, spending time with them, sharing memories, and what better time than the Holidays for that.

Here are a few tips:

  • Walk outside. Specially if you live in a state where you’re able to see all seasons, so you can enjoy the scenery. Unfortunately I live in Florida, so we don’t get to enjoy the pretty Holiday views, but we still have good weather to go out for a run. But if it’s too cold, just go for a quick walk around your neighborhood, through the park, take the kids, or walk your dog more often. It’s normal to lose some motivation to workout during the holidays, so this will give you peace, energy and a good quick workout.walk
  • Play some board games with the family. This is a great way to spend some quality time with your loved ones. If you don’t already, make it part of your Holiday tradition. This will have such a positive effect on your well-being. Board games
  • Snack on heathy foods often so that you don’t indulge in all the sweets. Of course, do not deny yourself the pleasure of Christmas treats, but snacking on healthy options often during the day will help you control those cravings. But have the cookie, it won’t hurt you. Having a treat in moderation is part of your healthy living.
  • Practice some meditation or yoga. We all know that this time of year can get a little stressful because of all the presents you need to buy, the cooking, people visiting, etc. So calm your mind with a little meditation, some yoga, read a book, anything that will help you take some time to sit and relax. Meditation
  • Squeeze in a short intense workout. Like I mentioned earlier, it is normal to lose motivation to go to the gym around this time, therefore doing a quick at home workout that doesn’t require much equipment will help tons. The short duration makes it easier to squeeze it in anywhere during your day.
  • Bake cookies with the family. You can start looking for healthier recipes starting now, so that you can spend some time with the family making these cookies. This is another great way to have fresh cookies, instead of store-bought, and to also spend quality time with your loved ones. Snacks
  • Lastly, but definitely the most important one, pray that you’ll get through it. You won’t believe the power there is in prayer. Share with God your fears, anxieties, and what you have planned each day, allow Him in and accept His peace.

Remember the reason for the season. Being around your loved ones. Focus on the people you love, spending as much time with them as possible.

family holiday

This is the best season of the year and you’re alive, so enjoy it! Remember how blessed you are!

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So, what are some ways you get through your December? What are some of your tips? Let me know in the comments!