We’re officially two weeks away from a fresh, shiny, spankin’ new year. And while I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that 2018 is coming to a close, it IS officially that time of year when we start thinking about those often-elusive New Year’s resolutions.

New Years Resolutions That'll Stick

It maybe {probably} goes a little something like this…

You think to yourself, “This IS the year! I’m gonna eat better. Get fit. Lose weight. Smash goals. Finally get my sh*t together.”

Done. Easy.

January comes, dazzling with newness, promise and possibility. It sends your energy and enthusiasm soaring. With motivation at an all-time high, you swear off all-things sugar and attack the gym like it’s Best Buy on Black Friday. You’re feelin’ this #newyearnewme thing and your year begins with a healthy bang.

Fast-forward a few weeks, you think to yourself, “This fricken SUCKS! It’s hard and I’m hungry!” The excitement is gone. Will-power dead. Resolutions abandoned.

Done. Easy.

Yes, making (and breaking) resolutions is easy, but making resolutions that last long-term…not so easy.

So, what gives? Why do so many of our New Year’s resolutions fizzle come February?

Truth is, most of our resolutions are way too big or way too vague to actually accomplish. We go HAM on the treadmill and cold turkey on the carbs. We aim for these massive goals, set rigid rules and hold ourselves to impossibly high standards without any clarity on what we’re really trying to achieve.

The key to making resolutions stick is to start small (like, really small – seriously) with specific goals that you genuinely want to make a part of your lifestyle.

Not sure where to start? Here are 26 of my favorite fizzle-free resolutions that are extremely easy to implement and maintain all year long. Just pick ONE…master it, then it’s on to the next!

26 Easy (& Fizzle-Free) Resolutions for 2019.

 

  1. Take ONE 10-minute walk, every day. Squeeze it in before work, during lunch, on an afternoon break or after dinner. Anytime counts here!

 

  1. Do ONE minute of squats every time you brush your teeth. Fingers crossed that’s {at least} twice a day. 😉

 

  1. While watching TV, do ONE round of sit-ups or a ONE-minute plank for every commercial break. Talk about some serious multi-tasking!

 

  1. Stretch for five minutes ONCE a day. And notice how your body feels.

 

  1. Drink ONE eight-ounce glass of H2O before each meal. Feel free to jazz it up with fresh herbs or fruit slices.

 

  1. Ditch the soda for ONE week. You can do it!

 

  1. Sip your coffee or tea without any sweetener. Try it just ONCE. Maybe twice?

 

  1. For ONE week, read the ingredients of any packaged food you’re about to eat. Bonus points if you pass on anything that has ingredients you can’t pronounce.

 

  1. Replace ONE processed snack with any ONE of the following: a piece of fruit, raw veggies and hummus, a handful of nuts or seeds, an avocado or a spoonful of nut butter.

 

  1. Make, pack and bring a healthy lunch to work (at least) ONCE a week. Think of all the money you’ll save!

 

  1. Eat ONE extra serving of vegetables daily for a week. And no, french fries don’t qualify.

 

  1. Add ONE leafy green vegetable to ONE meal every day. Think: spinach in your smoothie, arugula on your sandwich, kale in your soup. Or get really creative and swap taco shells for romaine, burger buns for Bibb lettuce and crackers for endive.

 

  1. Go completely plant-based for ONE day. Check out my high-protein, plant-powered meal plan to give you some ideas.

 

  1. Write down everything you eat for ONE week. See if anything surprises you!

 

  1. For ONE week, turn off all electronics 30 minutes before you go to bed. Use that time to unwind and relax instead.

 

  1. Aim for eight hours of sleep, every night for ONE week. Notice how you feel.

 

  1. Carve out ONE hour of “me time” each week. A facial, long bath, yoga class – use that time for anything that makes you feel good.

 

  1. When you feel stress coming on, take ONE really deep breath. Or more if you’d like.

 

  1. Say “NO” to ONE thing that you really don’t want to do. Save the “YES” for something you love.

 

  1. Disconnect from social media for ONE whole day. You might like it.

 

  1. Read ONE book a month. Invite a friend to join you and now you have a book club!

 

  1. Choose a ONE-word theme to represent your year. More on that here and here.

 

  1. Try ONE new thing each month. A new workout class, recipe, maybe a new hobby. Just give it a try!

 

  1. Write down ONE thing that you’re grateful for at the end of each day. What you appreciate, appreciates.

 

  1. Give ONE compliment to someone you don’t know. You’ll make their day!

 

  1. Every day tell ONE person that you care about, how much they mean to you. Because they might not know.

There they are. 26 super simple and completely do-able resolutions for you to tackle in 2019. So.dang.easy. Right? And just think…if you implement ONE every other week, you’ll be set for the entire year!

If none of these resolutions resonate with you (NBD) or if you’re already doing them all (#RockstarStatus) and you want to set your own, just remember to keep em’ small and specific so they’re easy to add to your day, every day…no matter what!

Okay, now I’d love to hear from you. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions on the docket for 2019? If not, what did you think of the list? Did any of these ideas spark your interest? If so, which one(s)?

And if setting New Year’s resolutions isn’t your jam, what are your thoughts on #22? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Lastly, I want to wish you the happiest, healthiest, most wonderfully wonderful new year! Whether it’s a dream you have, a goal you set or a resolution you make, I hope that 2019 brings you all that you wish for and so much more.

Happy Holidays!

With all my love,

xo

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