New Year’s Resolutions: Doing the Little Things

This time of the year is always flooded with extravagant diets, promise lists, exclamations of change and new beginnings. As these are very wonderful ambitions, sometimes we find that these promises are hard to keep and we lose steam by feeling overwhelmed. This year, baby-steps is the key!

Reaching for the stars is always the best way to live life because truly, each of us are limitless and can achieve anything. But unfortunately, our mind sometimes is tricked into wanting immediate results and when that doesn’t come we can become discouraged. So the solution to keeping and manifesting those goals, is to make manageable, baby steps to get there.

The biggest new years resolutions are always to lose weight or start a new exercise plan. Since these two items are some of the most popular to come up on New Year’s Resolutions lists, I have given 3 tips below that I have used in my own life to make my goals manageable. Instead of putting a quantitative value to your goals, like, “I want to lose X amount of weight in three months” or “I want to run X amount of miles by summer”, think quality over quantity. Make good quality changes that are easy to keep up!

Goal 1: Lose Weight

Instead of imposing a crash diet where you throw out all the “bad” or “processed food items” out of your house or limit your calories, just add more dark greens. One of the best ways to improve your nutritional health is to add more Dark Greens to your diet. Not only are they delicious, but when you fill your plate with more greens and other veggies, you are providing yourself with a lot of extra fiber as well! This makes you feel more full and leaves less room for the less than nutrient dense foods.

Goal 2: Exercise

Walking is incredibly underrated! Many people dream of running a 5K, but are not able to run ½ a mile and therefore become discouraged. But what ever happened to walking a 5k first? Maybe go on 20-minute walks, and then gradually walk a little longer until you feel able to walk a 5k! Don’t forget to stretch and add in a yoga class or two.

Goal 3: Wake up a bit earlier

Many times we wait until the last minute to wake up in the morning before rushing off to work and therefore feel disorganized. But waking up early can actually greatly benefit your new healthy lifestyle. With an extra 45-minutes, you can fit in time to pack a healthy lunch, get in your greens at breakfast (maybe make a smoothie and add Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance), or maybe go for a walk before work! All of these options are a wonderful way to start off your day on the right foot!

Best Wishes, and Happy New Year!

About Rachel Priest: After growing up in Knoxville, TN, Rachel moved many times with her family and then continued to travel the world globally through the years. After struggling with an 8 year long battle with eating disorders, Rachel Finally found her freedom and self acceptance and love through the practice of yoga and rock climbing. Rachel promotes self-love and acceptance to all students, especially those who struggle with creating a positive self-image for themselves and their life. Rachel believes that through loving your body and the world, we can all create a positive and fulfilling life with the understanding that we are all already a perfect being.

Rachel currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches at various gyms and studios in the area, promoting the idea of self love and acceptance. Beyond Teaching, Rachel is a beach bum at heart and loves the waves and ocean and soaking up the sun. www.rachelpriest.com

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