One reason people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions is that they try to change too much at once and quickly become frustrated and overwhelmed. I have certainly been guilty of this. In addition to losing a few hibernation pounds before heading off on vacation, a quick glance at my vision board will show that this year I am hoping to add strength training, meditate, do yoga, take up running, declutter, work on my finances, manage stress, eat healthier, get more sleep…. Whew! Even thinking about trying to do all of these at once is so intimidating that I might give up before I even start. Instead, I have learned to break my goals down into manageable, baby steps.
This is a simple and effective strategy. The success I feel when I achieve one, small goal gives me the motivation to add another. I already shared how making your bed every morning may lead you to tidy out your sock drawer. Replacing one can of soda a day with a glass of water may lead to other steps to reduce sugar in your diet. Give it a go, and if you find you need help to break your goals down, please contact me.
This week, I have been focusing on decluttering my pantry. Who knew that I had so many packages of rice noodles? I have been inspired to use up my pantry ingredients, along with what I find in the fridge and freezer, in an effort not only to declutter, but also to save some money on my ever increasing grocery bill. All I needed to pick up for this delicious Weeknight Red Curryfrom Bon Appetit was a pound of firm white fish. I chose cod. I will definitely be adding this to my monthly menu!
Tonight, I will be making another Asian inspired fish dish that we have enjoyed before: Spicy Miso Ramen with Chili Roasted Salmon from feasting at home. You guessed it. I have salmon in the freezer and ramen in the cupboard.
There are many health benefits to including more fish in your diet:
It is high in important nutrients
It may lower your risk for heart attacks and strokes.
It may help with depression.
It’s a good dietary source of vitamin D.
It’s delicious, as you will soon discover when you try the recipes I have shared.
You may be wondering why I have included a picture of my made bed today. Well, that’s just it. My bed is MADE. One of the things I am focusing on this year is relieving stress in healthy ways. Believe it or not, something as simple as making your bed in the morning can help.
It sets the tone for the rest of the day, giving you a feeling of accomplishment that you take with you as you head out the door.
It is an infectious act, which might lead you to tidy up other areas, like the top of your dresser.
All that tidying up will mean less clutter, and a tidy space is very calming.
Finally, there is nothing quite so blissful as ending a long day by climbing into a freshly made bed.
This one little thing can make a big difference. Give it a try!
I have just come across the One Big Domino theory, and it makes a lot of sense to me. It suggests that we identify the one big thing we can do, or big change that we can make, that will make everything else easier. By knocking down this Big Domino first, you will open up possibilities in 2019 that will amaze you!
A Big Domino could be reducing your sugar intake. The many benefits you would receive from making this change could include…
less inflammation and joint pain
less bloating and gas
high and stable energy
improved mood (more focus, less depression)
removal of stubborn belly fat
clearer skin and less wrinkles
decreased risk of diabetes, stroke and heart attack