Thinking about your resolutions for 2016? Here are some pretty awesome ones for the new year, if I do say so myself.
1. Work Out Regularly
Everyone wants to lose weight for 2016, but here’s a secret: that’s a terrible resolution. My experience in saying this: losing baby weight two times (one of which was 50 pounds). Setting a weight goal is intangible and can be discouraging when you focus on the pounds. Set your sights on a goal that you know how to reach: work out four times a week, for example. All you have to do is show up to the gym four times and you nailed it for that week. When you have smaller, attainable goals, the big goals get accomplished.
2. Memorizing Scripture
Nothing in my life has proven more important than memorizing Scripture, and it’s not as difficult as you think! In college I wrote down verses on little cards (reference on one side, verse on the other) and would flip through them in waiting rooms, before class started, while eating breakfast, etc. Now I have a journal where I write down verses and in the morning I try (need to work on this for 2016) to go through them before starting my day. Why memorize verses? The Bible says it is your sword. Reminding myself of the truth and the promises of God completely changes my day and bolsters my belief.
3. Drinking More Water
Want a health goal? Here’s one that’s simple and will help you attain pretty much every other resolution on your list. Drink more water and you will lose weight: check (by quenching your thirst, you won’t eat as much). Drink more water and you will have: more energy, prettier skin, less constipation, a smaller risk of cancer, less bodily inflammation, and fewer infections. Make it fun and buy a cute water bottle (I’m obsessed with these Ello bottles at Target).
4. Set Aside Time for What You Love
What do you love or miss doing? Playing volleyball? Traveling? Hosting dinners for friends? Be proactive and plan ahead. Plan a monthly hike and invite friends to join. Putting it on the calendar may seem dull, but it also makes it infinitely more likely to happen.
5. Monthly Challenges
Remember that bit under #1 about setting your sights nearer? Well, what about a monthly challenge? You could have 12 different goals, a month-long each. For example: January: no sweets (holiday detox); February: get organized (tackle one area each week); March: run a 5K; April: face a fear; May: plant a garden; June: go hiking once a week; July: photojournal (photoaday); August: try something new (attend an aerial yoga class once a week, for ex); September: write a short story; October: tackle a DIY project; November: take an online class (or go to the library and create your own mini-course in, say, wine tasting or Spanish); December: cook a new dish each week (handmade bread, anyone?). If you’re interested, I made a little printable for 2016 😉