For many of us, the New Year means making some resolutions to help you be your best self. The end of one year and the welcoming of another really is a nice time to pause, reflect and plan for what you hope to achieve in the upcoming year. But, a vast majority of people who set traditional “New Year’s Resolutions” don’t stick to them. Research shows nearly 80% of resolutions are forgotten by February!
But not yours!
The idea of resolutions is spot on – we should all aim to live our best plant-strong lives. To help you stay on track, here are three common resolutions people choose each year, with some tips to hit them out of the park this year:
- I’m going to eat better. This one can be pretty vague for some people. What is “eating better?” Here at Engine 2, we are about optimizing your health and truly living your best plant-strong life. The BEST way to do that is by joining our Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Challenge. Take seven days and follow our guidelines. You will be eating the strongest foods that exist on the planet, and you will feel FANTASTIC. You can keep going or work in some additional foods, but you will remain plant-strong. And you’ll get the support of more than 22,000 people who have taken or are taking that journey alongside you. “Eating better” can be the hardest resolution to stick to – don’t go it alone. We can help! And try not to put too much pressure on yourself to lose or reach a certain number of pounds by a certain date. Focus instead on building the right habits and eating the right food – if you have excess weight to lose, it will come off. If you focus too hard on a number and don’t get there as fast as you think you should, you could lose focus and fall off the wagon. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!
- I’m going to exercise more. Concrete goals are critical here. Just like the notion of “eating better” exercising more is extremely vague, making it less likely you’ll actually stick to your resolution! Rather than say you’re going to exercise “more” how about setting a goal of finishing a 5k? Pick one in your area a good 12 weeks out so you have time to train (if it’s your first race especially, a good Couch to 5k program or app can be super helpful here). Then work toward it! Having a carrot dangling in front of you will help you work continuously toward that goal, keeping you on track. It doesn’t have to be a 5k, though. Maybe you’d like to go for a walk three times a week – find a friend if you can! Pick one exercise or activity to focus on for now, and set up a schedule to keep yourself on track. Then once that becomes a habit think about what else you can do to step up your game even more!
- I’m going to spend more time with friends and loved ones. Schedules are busy, and not just around the holidays. Many of us are busy rushing kids to school and activities, running errands and joining activities — it’s no wonder spending time with friends and loved ones can seem like a rare luxury! Life is short, and we should be spending as much of it as possible with our loved ones. Last month, we recommended reducing holiday stress by purchasing experiences or tickets as a gift for your loved ones instead of “things.” This can be a great way to ensure you are free to spend time with those who are most important in your life. Follow up on them! It’s just as important to schedule time with loved ones as it is to schedule errands and other schedule cloggers. It doesn’t have to be a weekend getaway or even an entire day, but an opportunity to catch up over coffee or cook a plant-strong meal together helps you gain the benefits of reconnecting with loved ones. And if you’re looking to expand your plant-strong community of friends, check sites like Meetup.com for whole food plant based groups with like-minded, amazing people. Our Engine 2 events also offer a great way to meet and make plant-strong friends from across the country and in your neighborhood!
This year is going to be your best, plant-strong year EVER – whether you choose to set formal resolutions or simply have goals to stay on track in your plant-strong journey, we are here to help!