New Year's Resolution, staying on track, and my little trick

 
 

Okay, so maybe the best trick to doing something you don't want to do is to start before your brain can scream, "NO! Stop it! I don't want to!"

Or maybe I'm just impulsive.

No, but seriously with my New Year's Resolutions, I find that trying to start something that day has a bit too much pressure. I start my New Year's Resolutions before the day even begins on the new year.

I began my workout back in September and went off and on again with heavy workouts weeks and then barely doing anything the next. By the time that I finished school, I was going regularly and I had begun my routine. I slowly began working out harder and fit back into my clothes, and the next step was feeling better about myself when I took pictures. I used to never look as thick as I do now, not to say that I'm fat and miserable, but there's something about actually not liking the appearance of the stretch of my clothes too tight across my chest or legs that makes me want to try just a little bit harder. I added in cardio to my workout and suddenly I had a little less belly.

Now, as I begin the rest of my New Year's resolutions, I added my thankful book to the Bible chapter reading every morning and I remember by setting my phone on top of my Bible. When my alarm goes off, I grab my phone and see my Bible underneath. It's just a thing now to read a chapter and then think on what I'm the most thankful for that day and write it down. It isn't long; it helps me and I know it's healthier for me.

The next step is eating healthier to get the figure back-not only does this affect my overall health and appearance, it affects my issue of blood sugar by eating something healthy every few hours and keeping my metabolism running. It's healthier to eat smaller portions of good food every few hours than it is to gorge yourself every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And drinking water.

My goodness, y'all, I hate just drinking water.

My trick for this is getting a camelback waterbottle (the water bottles with the straw that links up to the squeezie lip thing and then folds back down) and a plastic cup like a Yeti or just a drinking hard plastic cup with a lid and straw helps me to drink my water continuously. I always drink glasses and glasses if I have a straw; although for some people, it might take squirting a lemon or something into the water to give it some kick. I personally can't stand lemons in my drink, but I've found with my straws in my cups, I drink four or five glasses or bottles without realizing it while with a normal bottle, I might get through half of it. That is for real how lazy I am.

So for my New Year's Resolutions, I've found that a) straws are a must and b) going to bed early and waking up early can give you so much more energy and time during the day. Seriously, I don't know how I ever get anything done when I don't wake up early. I go to the gym and eat better when I wake up earlier. I sleep soundly when I go to bed instead of tossing and turning in the middle of the night.So my advice is to stick to your goals by forcing yourself to begin them and then making little changes so that you can't avoid them. I stick my Bible either on top of my phone or near it so when my alarm goes off, I remember it. I force myself to wake up early so that I will have time to go to the gym. Make yourself do it the first time and then you realize it's not so badly.

Keep calm and carry on. 

xoxo, Char