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Micro-Resolutions for the New Year – Replacing the ‘Bad’ with the ‘Good’

New year, new me!

Groan. New Year resolutions don’t really stick, do they? Everyone promises themselves that they’ll do and be better this year, eat healthy, lose weight, cut back on drinking, etc., then a couple of months in, the gyms are empty and the bars are back to being more occupied.

I read an article on CNN about choosing to do 12 micro-resolutions throughout the year – giving up one thing per month that either is unhealthy for you or that you are dependent on (that isn’t necessary). After talking with Rueben about it and realizing that I’m not great at just cutting things out completely, I’ve decided to put a little spin on this challenge. Instead of giving something up, I’m going to replace an unhealthy habit with a healthy and productive habit. 

Rueben recently started the Keto diet again, so for January, I’ll be replacing carbs with healthy proteins and veggies. I won’t be going full Keto like Rueben, as I plan on incorporating healthy fruits, Greek yogurt, and possibly sweet potatoes into my diet.

Weight loss and eating healthy have been lifelong issues for me. I’ll do really well for a couple of months, then something will get in the way and I’ll go back to unhealthy ways. The one workout that did stick was CrossFit, which I did for two and a half years and loved. The workouts challenged me in a way I had never challenged myself before, and the community was amazing. If I ate unhealthy, I could feel the difference in my workouts, which meant I was more apt to eat healthier.

11822542_1170048819678596_7481809426193656348_nMe hitting a personal record of a 250 pound deadlift!

So with this food challenge, I’m hoping that I’ll reset my food habits, lose and keep off the weight, and get back into really being active and join a gym. While in Mexico, Rueben and I were walking around four miles each day, but since we’ve been back in the states we haven’t walked much and have been eating like we’ve never had American food before.

As for the rest of the 12 micro-resolutions, I’ve only planned out the first few months so far. February’s resolution is no alcohol and more water. I don’t drink that much alcohol now, but since we’ll be in the states longer (story on that later!), I have a feeling happy hours will be more of a thing.

For March, I’ll be replacing playing games on my iPhone with reading on the Kindle app. I get pretty obsessed with games on my phone (I’m fidgety), and it takes up valuable time. If you want to get addicted to games, I suggest Clockmaker and W.E.L.D.E.R.!

Speaking of reading, I’m also going to read 1-2 books a month. I’m going to read one ‘fun’ book and one technical-type book. Right now I’m reading I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson of Broad City for fun (and to get tips on how to write about yourself), and Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani since I’m learning to code and going to build my own website!

Let me know your book suggestions!

Are you planning on doing this challenge? Tell me what your micro-resolutions are!


4 thoughts on “Micro-Resolutions for the New Year – Replacing the ‘Bad’ with the ‘Good’”

  1. You’ve inspired me to try it. Instead of snacking on pastries, I’m going to replace them with roasted veggies or maybe grilled fruits (need to watch out for too much sugar). We’ll see how it goes.

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