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Nina Garcia on Making New Year’s Resolutions

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I do not believe in making resolutions only on New Year’s Day. I believe in making them all throughout the year to make sure I continue to evolve and grow in all areas of my life. I believe in revising my resolutions, amending them, revisiting them if I may have dropped the ball for a few weeks. The truth is, statistically, most of us do drop the ball on our New Year’s resolutions before January is even over. This is because many of us make impossible or very vague resolutions, which sets us up for failure. The key, I have discovered, is to be realistic, specific and really honest with ourselves. In short: Don’t make a resolution you can’t keep.

My Top 5 Resolution Dos and Don’ts:

1. Do not resolve to lose 5 or 10 or 20 pounds. Resolve to exercise three times a week. Resolve to stop eating after a certain hour. Resolve to only have dessert on the weekends (or when at a dinner party or birthday party … one must not be rude, after all).

2. Do not resolve to quit eating sugar and carbs cold turkey. Resolve to add more fruits and veggies into your daily routine, slowly replacing old habits with new ones. Keep in mind that your diet defines about 70 percent of your weight loss/gain.

3. Do not resolve to stop rushing in the mornings. Resolve to lay out clothes and pack lunches the night before. Resolve to get up 10 minutes earlier. Resolve to stop yelling because you think it makes your kids move faster—even though history has proven the opposite.

4. Do not resolve to be more patient. Resolve to count to 10 before you decide to lose your cool. And then count to 10 one more time. And then once more. If you still feel like losing it after that, you probably have a good reason.

5. Do not resolve to spend less time looking at your phone. Resolve to stop looking at your phone when you are with your family, when you are having meals, and when you are in line at the grocery store. Resolve to enjoy the world around you more. Resolve to set the example for your children that a phone is not the most sacred item on the planet.

Tell me, fellow moms: What are some of your unique and specific resolutions? Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

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