Every year, for New Year's Eve, we make good resolutions. We want to start fresh, break bad habits and adopt a he althier lifestyle.
I'm going to lose weight
Of course, the holidays are always full of table abuse. Tourtière, turkey, cheeses and pâtés, Yule log, fudge… The meals are very high in calories and very often, we feel obliged to taste everything, even if the appetite is no longer there, so as not to not disappoint our guests. Resolving to lose weight is definitely a positive way to start the New Year, provided it's for the right reasons and your overall he alth benefits. And to set a good example for our children, we will achieve this goal by making two more resolutions: to be active and to eat better.
I'm going to eat he althier
Again, after a few weeks, the lack of time will be the pretext for this resolution not to be respected. When you arrive home at 6:00 p.m., after an exhausting day at work, and the whole family is hungry, you lack inspiration and easily lose the desire to cook. If nothing has been prepared in advance, the service ofdelivery or the frozen pizza you bought for emergencies will come to your rescue and will especially delight your children. Eating he althier for a whole year is certainly not an easy resolution for parents who work outside the home and have busy schedules. Better organization of your weekly menu is one way to reach your goal, as is adding fruits and vegetables to every meal.
I'm going to get fit
Here you are thinking about how to get back into the shape of your twenties. You wonder where you will find the time! It's barely if you find an hour in the week for you? Recommendations say 30 minutes of exercise a day is still the goal, but 60 minutes a week of walking, swimming, skating with the kids, or any other activity that gets you moving is better than none. at all. When you have just had a baby, you hardly find time to take a shower. But as baby settles into a routine, it becomes easier to carve out some time for yourself. Several women have said they have been able to keep the resolution to stay in shape by subscribing to a gym where a trainer awaits them. More difficult to withdraw. These subscriptions are still not cheap… But as they say it's the best gift you can give yourself, it's worth trying! Not to have the abs of the pretty lady in the commercial. Just fortake time for yourself, be less tired and have more energy.
I'm going to quit
The traditional smokers resolution! Knowing that January 1 will mark your nicotine divorce, have you been smoking like a chimney for the last two weeks of December? And when the January 1 deadline comes, it could be difficult to last more than a few weeks, or even a few days. Ask for help to be able to hold on since it is a very beautiful resolution. We all know second-hand smoke is harmful to children.
I will follow a budget
Overspent on your Christmas presents? Do you look at your expenses for the year and find that you are spending more than you earn? So you've decided that this year you're going to follow a budget. This is advice that tax experts and financial planners give us every year when it comes to tax time. But as there are several small unforeseen expenses that do not fit into the established budget, the exercise requires taking notes throughout the year, properly evaluating variable expenses and planning a large amount of savings to provide for these bills..
I'm going to buy my Christmas presents early
You arrived on December 24, exhausted from having done everything in a few days: shopping for gifts, planning and preparing menus, cleaning before the arrival of the mother-in-law, choice of activities for the family… And on the first of January, you will promise yourself not torepeat this experience! It's a very good idea! By making a list of everyone you give gifts to, calculating the average amount for each, and dividing the total by 12 months, you'll have one less headache shopping next year. For example, by having a savings account reserved for Christmas shopping and depositing $80 per month into it, you will have close to $1,000 in reserve for your next Christmas purchases and projects. Plan ahead and add birthday presents to this amount! By having the money, you will be able to buy sale items during the year that will make you happy next Christmas!
What good are resolutions?
Many come to the conclusion that since all these resolutions will never be kept, it becomes useless to do this exercise on New Year's Day. The abandonment of resolutions during the year (more often at the end of January!) becomes for many a failure, which is, according to some, harmful to morale and self-esteem. In fact, no resolution is bad, on the contrary! What is, are often the means we take to try to achieve the objectives set at the beginning of the year.
The Mamanpourlavie.com team wishes you to achieve your dearest goals, whatever they may be, and a very happy new year 2016!