By Geena Urango
A New Year’s resolution is a commitment. It is a commitment to a personal goal, project, or changing of a habit. The lifestyle changes people set for themselves each year are sometimes maintained, but often left forgotten or “too hard” to continue.
A study done by Richard Wiseman involved 3,000 people. The study showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail. So… why do we set them?
Entrepreneur, coach, and athlete, Michelle Jezycki, has lived a life full of New Year’s resolutions. She has created Tri the World Travel (TTW), a full service travel agency specializing in endurance sports travel. She is a certified level 1 USAT triathlon coach and partner in a Curves franchise. In addition, she is a triathlete, marathoner, and cyclist. In other words, what hasn’t she done? Michelle inspires others with her love of health and fitness by being the perfect example of what it takes to achieve your goals and surpass them. Michelle is motivated and committed. And most importantly, Michelle is living her dreams!
Popular New Year’s Resolution – Eat Healthy
Besides being an amazing athlete, Michelle also aspires to eat healthy. One resolution that she has for herself is:
“I try really hard to not eat food that comes in packages.” –Michelle Jezycki
Eating healthy is a popular New Year’s resolution that is often broken. Michelle aims to eat healthy, but instead of just making that her goal, she breaks down her goal by focusing on specifics that can help. For instance, not eating food that comes in packages. Here are 7 tips and goal-breakdowns that can help you commit to this resolution of eating healthy and make it a positive lifestyle change:
1. Eat In Color: Try to incorporate three different colored fruits and vegetables a day into your diet. Bright colored foods like carrots, beets and spinach are nutrient-rich and packed with powerful antioxidants.
2. Eat Natural Sweets: Packaged, processed, high-fructose corn syrup-rich treats are not the solution. Swap these packaged snacks with natural sugars of fresh and dried fruits.
3. Eat Healthy Carbs and Fats: Healthy carbs (whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables) are a great source of fiber. Healthy fats (olive oil, peanut oil, avocados, nuts) are also needed to nourish your brain, heart and cells.
4. Protein: We need energy to keep us going throughout the day, and protein is great to give you that energy. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, you can find protein in lots of foods (beans, nuts, soy, lean meats).
5. Grow Your Own: This is a great way to get hands-on with your diet. Tomatoes are an easy first start to a garden. They are full of antioxidants and vitamin C (and go great in lots of dishes.) You can also try peppers, cucumbers, or squash.
6. Think Smaller Portions: Moderation is key. Use smaller plates, and try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits.” Simply reduce the amount you eat and try not to eat those unhealthy cravings as often.
7. Cook At Home (as much as possible): This saves money and keeps you in control of what you’re putting in your mouth. Healthy recipes are all over the Internet!
So why do we set New Year’s resolutions? They drive you forward and motivate you. They make you accountable. They help you become the best you can be. And last but not least, they enable you to live your BEST life.
“What are you waiting for? Someday is not a day of the week.” – Michelle Jezycki.
Someday is TODAY! Set goals, take the necessary steps to reach those goals, and live a happier and healthier life!