• Rachel Loechelt

New Year New Me. New Year’s Resolutions and Tips for Sticking To Them.

Hey Ladies, Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I think this is the longest we have gone without writing, so thank you for your patience.

Before we dive in to today’s blog post, I’d like to announce Simply Us was gifted a domain name this Christmas: “Simplyus.blog” Short, simple, and to the point. We love it!

So, have you girls been thinking about your New Years Resolutions? I typically never do them because I think if you really want to change something, you should start right away. It doesn’t make sense to wait until the New Year to make a change. You’re more likely to stick to change if you start now.

Anyway, if you are going to start “New Year New Me” next week, hey, at least you’re aspiring to be better! No judgement here. I know the holidays are crazy and call for a little extra alcohol and sweets… something I think we’re all wanting to get better at minimizing.

Ladies, let’s be real for a second. A lot of people don’t stick to their New Years resolutions. I know I never do, and my friends don’t either. It’s okay to admit it. I think I’m going to make some changes in what I want next year to be more realistic.

One of my New Years resolutions, and possibly my main resolution, is to be healthier. I am not going to give up my soda or chocolate. That’s just not realistic to me. BUT I am going to cut down. I’m also going to continue exercising. I’ve already started both this week. I went to the grocery store and got healthier foods and food storage containers to save my meals. It’s a lot cheaper and healthier to cook at home rather than buy fast food/eat out every day.

Also, ladies, please remember that you’re likely to slip or fall off the wagon when it comes to a year of bettering yourself. Call me a pessimist, but I know we’re creatures of habit and temptations. I know temptations get the better of us and special occasions with friends and family sometimes make us relapse into food comas or alcohol binges. We’ve all been there. So, I’d like to remind you of something:

Celebrate the small victories. Take your goals one day at a time. Even if you have a few slips this year, at least you didn’t have a year full of giving up entirely. Slips are slips. If you fall off the wagon, and get back on! That’s all that matters. Remember, having a cookie or soda once in a while isn’t the same as having junk food every day. You’re not going to gain weight by having a piece of cake. You’re going to gain weight by having a piece of cake every other day and not exercising. Poor health isn’t mishaps. Poor health is a consistent decision to eat poorly and not exercise. 

Be fair with yourselves this year. You’re more likely to stay with something by forgiving yourself and continuing on. Remember, the sooner you start, the faster the results & better you’ll feel. Ever single time I start working out again, I do it every day. I know you can’t really be much “healthier” after just ONE day of exercising, but you’ll be so relieved to have started. (Isn’t that the hardest part?) Now, day two, you’re already starting a streak rather than starting for the first time. 

(Just being silly here, but let’s be honest… who’s been there? LOL.)

Here’s a few tips on how to start your new resolutions:

Make them known.

Friends and family will remind you about your decision and hold you accountable. You’ll feel like you owe the world your progress since you’ve stated your commitment. 

Track your progress.

Seeing results with pump you up and keep you motivated to keep going. Remember, you gotta stick with it longer than a few days to notice change. Once you do, you’ll never want to stop.

Keep a blog or journal.

Keep personal notes about your journey. Writing is therapeutic and helpful to remember the good and bad times with your new resolution. Be honest with yourself. Who knows? Maybe you’ll share those entries in the future with someone struggling or give them words of encouragement.

Wear a reminder.

Find a bracelet or ring to serve as a reminder of what you’re trying to do. Every time you look down at it, recite something you want to remember daily. Maybe a positive affirmation to recite in your head.

Set a reminder on your phone/computer background.

Reminders, reminders, reminders. Always have it there taunting you. If you really want this, you’ll listen to your attempts at reminding yourself of what you’re doing and where you’re going.

Set small goals for yourself at first.

Instead of saying, “I wanna quit smoking for a year” start with a week, then a month. Or lose 5 pounds first. You’re going to realize it’s a lot harder than you think, so small victories are more obtainable at first and you’ll become more motivated to see what you’re capable of.

Reward yourself when you see progress.

Share your success with family, friends, or on social media. It’s really nice to be cheered on… show em’ what you got!

Learn to forgive yourself.

Like I said earlier, it’s okay to fall down. Just get back up. 

Avoid triggers.

Don’t buy unhealthy groceries. Don’t go to bars if you’re tempted to drink. Don’t hang with a bad crowd if they tempt you. Making changes means making changes. You have to really try. You have to give things up and avoid places if you think you’ll fall under their spell.

Write down what you need to do. Plan.

Keep a sign in your house reminding you to drink a gallon of water a day. Or make a gym schedule. Or look up meal prep. Do something daily to create a routine. Creating habits take awhile. Having a daily routine will keep you consistent. 

Follow inspirational blogs or people online.

See what other people are saying or doing. Using the internet is a useful tool to research what to expect and find tips and strategies to find success in your own journey.

Find friends with the same goals as you.

It’s nice to have someone trying to achieve the same goals as you are. Keep each other motivated, encourage each other, keep each other excited and accountable for their actions.

Remind yourself, the harder you try, the sooner you start, the faster you’ll see results.

It’s gonna feel great to get there. So, Start now. Start strong. Finish Strong.

I wish you the BEST of luck with whatever you’re aspiring to change within yourself. Please be good to yourself. Let this be the year you follow through. You’re going to absolutely love yourself if you don’t give up. Always jump back on the saddle no matter how long you fall off. We believe in you! Happy New Years. #NewYearNewMe #MakeItStick

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