I love the idea of new year’s resolutions and the mantra of “new year, new you,” but I am not one to back down on promises. When I make a goal, I have full intentions of following through one hundred percent. However, making a goal that will translate through 12 months, 365 days, is quite a challenge.
While I was talking with a friend this weekend about new years resolutions, he presented me with the idea that new years resolutions should really be more about forming healthy habits. Any kind of habit, whether good or bad, becomes second nature and therefore, incorporated into everyday life. If you set out to make good habits a part of your everyday ritual, they are much more likely to be sustained over long periods of time. These small things will result in better attaining of a long-term goal.
I’m glad this conversation happened because I was struggling to come up with my resolutions for the new year. I wanted to continue things I adopted in 2015, like trying new recipes weekly and building better savings. I am so happy with how these goals have become a part of my lifestyle! The goal of researching new recipes led me the healthy habit of doing meal prep Sundays where I prepare my meals for several days of the upcoming week. The goal of building better savings lead me to the healthy habit of budgeting monthly.
While my goals for 2016 may not be completely new, I am promising to continue the healthy habit of doing meal prep Sundays every week. (I’ve had so much fun documenting this on Snapchat if you want to follow along! My username is gourmetgab.) I am so excited that I just got a CrockPot for Christmas. I plan on continuing my goal of one new recipe a week by putting the CrockPot to good use. (Can you share some of your favorite recipes below in the comments?) One new goal I want to incorporate is taking better care of my skin while I am young. To help me get there, I am vowing to start the healthy habit of drinking more water flavored with lime or lemon each day.
What new years resolutions did you set for 2016? Have you thought about breaking them down into small healthy habits you can incorporate into your daily life? I look forward to reading your comments below. Happy 2016!
Love food. Love self. Love life.