Old way: "I'm going to lose weight." This is a biggie and pretty much doomed to fail. Our bodies don't want to lose weight in the winter, they want to store weight for hardships ahead. Not our fault - this is cell and DNA deep.
New way: "I'm going to pay attention to what my body wants to eat." Yes, a little nebulous, and really not a resolution . . . but "I'm going to try two new homemade soups every month," could be. Search out some delicious soup recipes that have good-for-you things in them. Yum. Think of the smell of soup simmering on the stove on a frosty evening.
Old way: I'm going to relax more and have less stress. This is a very wide-range statement. Work? Home? Kids? Figure out what stresses you and decide what would make you feel better. Then set your resolution to do that thing.
New way: "I am not going to volunteer for any fund-raisers until April." "I am going to take one class at a time instead of four." "I am going to stop cleaning my kids' rooms every five minutes, instead I will set a certain amount of time each week and keep the doors closed in between." (This may be a difficult resolution to keep, but you must soldier on - have a glass of wine.)
Old way: "I'm going to finish all these old projects." What a dreary resolution that one is. If you were enjoying the projects, they would be done by now - right??
New way: "I'm going to package up these UFOs and donate them, then buy some new scrap-booking paper, fabric, soft knitting yarn, beads, project books, etc., without guilt." Working on a project you enjoy will make you happy and less stressed (see above). Someone else will be thrilled with your old half-finished project. You will be doing someone a great favor!
I guess the idea is to make resolutions that you will enjoy keeping. There is a huge difference between blending an orange, a grapefruit and a banana with a little yogurt (yum), and throwing a handful of kale into the juicer (bleh!!). My apologies to those who like kale juice.
Happy New Year, Love, Linda