With the new year fast approaching, so many people start thinking about resolutions. I know people often think it’s a new year so it’s a fresh start, time for a new me! And I’m all for positive life changes! But, have you ever wondered why so many resolutions fail? Why most people give up after only a few weeks, or few months? I think it’s because people try to make too many drastic and extreme changes too fast.
Extreme diets don’t work for the long haul.
Extreme budgets aren’t meant to last forever.
That go big or go home mentality isn’t always appropriate, especially if you are jumping in to something for the first time. A total life style change might be fun and exciting at first, but it’s hard to maintain. Taking smaller steps is much more manageable.
Instead of trying an extreme fad diet or cutting sugar or carbs completely, try eating more fruits and veggies at each meal. Gradually cut back on fattier foods and refined sugars. Allowing yourself to still have a small treat makes a healthy lifestyle seem possible, and mentally that makes the change easier.
Looking to save money and eat healthier? Start meal planning and doing food prep! Two very easy ways to ensure you eat healthier foods and stick to a shopping list which will help you save money.
Don’t start out the New Year buying a gym membership and an entire new workout wardrobe. That’s not a great way financially to start the year, and it’s not necessary to get healthier. Hit the library, or YouTube first and ease into working out in your own living room. If you discover you love it and want that to be your lifestyle, treat yourself to some cute gear, you can even use it as motivation, as a reward for having worked out a certain number of times!
Restricting yourself financially might be necessary come January if you went a little over board on Christmas, but being drastic with cutting down on spending isn’t easy to maintain. And living on a budget doesn’t mean you are stuck at home, bored, never having any fun!
Budget doesn’t have to be a “four letter word” that scares you and really restricts you.
Change the way you think about your spending. Sit down and go over your finances and see where your money is actually going, you might be surprised how easy it is to cut back once you have it all laid out in front of you.
If you want specific advice on any of the above mentioned topics, I’ve got loads of blog posts to help you out:
I’d love to hear from you! Do you make resolutions? What are you hoping to change for 2017, or what have you tried to do in the past?