I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve left a trail of broken New Year’s Resolutions over the past few Januaries. But at the same time, there have also been a few that actually stuck around.
A regular fitness routine.
A real emergency fund.
A raise at work.
So what makes for the perfect resolution that you can actually stick to?
I’ve written before about how we should make sure our goals are reasonable, but the problem isn’t just having goals. Most of our resolutions are either something we think we should want but don’t or just too vague to make a plan to stick to.
Annoying but true
If your family growing up was anything like mine, the idea of doing something healthy or active in the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day was a big no-no. Swiss Colony boxes showed up regularly with those processed cheese-like foods that lived in the fridge nearly year-round. Even though we lived in Arizona, I’m pretty sure my Mom thought I would get frostbite if I ventured outside. The closest I got to physical activity was volunteering through the National Honors Society to help man the water stations at a 5k for asthma or heart disease. That last one I still highly recommend, but I’ve since learned that if I want to avoid the Fall/Winter 20 (pounds) I need to figure out how to start some new healthy holiday traditions.