Yesterday at church I heard a startling fact that only 8% of us actually end the year achieving the resolutions we made at the beginning of a new year. Before hearing this, I too, was ready to make my list of well-intended resolutions. However, when I woke up this morning I changed my mind on the long list. I decided to focus on two things that I thought might make a difference for me in this new year. With this small list, I might actually succeed and be among the 8%!
What are my two things? I am going to cut out sugar and I am going to exercise by walking. Just two things that I think are important to me and could make a big difference in my physical and mental health.
This idea began floating around in my head after reading a post on a Facebook page I follow. For three years I have been a member of a group called Trim Healthy Mama. I have been able to maintain my weight fairly easily following this plan. Many find it pretty easy to “stay on plan” but recently I found myself slipping into old habits. With the new year approaching I was determined to get back “on plan” but sometimes that is easier said than done and I was struggling. Then I read a post from another mama who said she keeps it simple and succeeds (back to the basics was what she was saying).
I was looking at getting back “on plan” as much to elaborate and overwhelming. I was reminded that it is often better to keep it simple and then add variety and newness as I choose, rather than try to think big and fail.
Does this idea resonate with anyone else? If so, what are your two things?
PS I almost forgot to show you what was in my mystery Christmas present that I wrote about on my last post The Wonder of Christmas. It was a Minnesota survival box and it is coming in very handy. Yesterday, it was -17 and -24 with wind chill!
PSS It’s up to 2 degrees now. Off for my first walk!