So 2023 is well and truly underway and you’re ready to get started on those healthy new year’s resolutions but er…you’re not quite feeling it? Read on for some healthy new year’s resolutions we think you’ll love and that you’re actually likely to keep.
‘No more white bread from now on.’ ‘Chocolate’s gotta go.’ ‘Definitely no more wine during the week.’ ‘I’m giving up negative self-talk and pizza’…hmm.
The list goes on of what resolutions may have spilled out of our mouths after a few drinks on New Year’s Eve but, in the cold light of mid-January, you may be asking yourself if you really could be bothered. Some New Year’s resolutions seem good at the time but when it comes down to it, you’re not ready to give up those things you love entirely. In fact, it kind of depresses you even thinking about it. And why try, only to be setting yourself up for failure?
There is an answer to these resolution woes and it’s far easier than you might think to have that cake/wine/pizza and lose weight/improve your life too.
It all comes down to thinking about the whole resolution thing as ‘part-time’.
You don’t have to give up anything full-time when you adopt this ideology and you’ll actually get better results by making things easier rather than harder.
Take dieting for example.
You can go on a lettuce leaf existence in the hopes of dropping those extra 10 kilos but let’s face it: it’s not going to work. You know it even before you begin. Absolute deprivation is going to make you hungry, irritable and very quickly over it because the quick drop on the scales will go straight back up again once you blow it and accidentally face-plant into a pizza.
The secret is actually part-time dieting, or as most people call it, intermittent fasting. And before you say ‘oh no way – I can’t live on 500 calories a day’ hear this: you don’t have to. There’s lots of ways to part-time diet, including abstaining for 16 hours a day and eating pretty much whatever you want the other 8 hours, which could mean just a matter of skipping breakfast.
Here’s what part-time resolutions might look like on a part-time dieting lifestyle:
- No chocolate before midday
- I must give up dieting every week from Thursday to Monday
- No wine or pizza for breakfast
- Must indulge in dessert five days a week
- I will not live a cake-free life
- I will say yes to champagne and strawberries with the girls
- I will have fries with that on weekends
See what we mean? Now those are some resolutions to just love, right?
Part-time resolutions don’t have to only be about dieting or weight loss either. You can part-time abstain from/wholeheartedly embrace most of the good stuff in life. Because why look at anything as totally forbidden? It didn’t even work for Adam and Eve over a humble apple.
- Get up early…but then embrace your inner sloth and have regular nanna naps
- Be classy…but then dance like an eighties back up singer in public at least once a month
- Look your best…but ugly laugh to snorty levels as often as possible
- Be an adult…but also do something immature and child-like every day
- Dress up and feel fabulous…then wear your pyjamas all day long
- Have alcohol free days…but treat yourself to a cocktail and watch the sunset every Friday
- Work hard and fulfil your dreams…but then go somewhere fun that you’ve never been at least once a season (e.g. a water park, Tahiti. Whatever.)
So, why not give the part-time resolution revolution a try? If you LOVE them, you’ll keep them… and that may just make 2023 a very happy and healthy New Year.
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