New Year’s Resolutions To Keep!

2010 is coming to a close and with 2011 right around the corner, we know you want this up-coming year to be the best year ever! Maybe it’ll be the year you finally drop that last 10 pounds? Or maybe you’re starting the year off determined to spend more time with your family? Whatever your New Year’s Resolutions are this year, chances are that they sound eerily familiar to last years.

Have you found yourself making the same New Year’s resolutions every year, only to have them fall to the wayside by Valentine’s Day? We all do! We all want to ring in the New Year with the optimism that we can make our lives better. Unfortunately, we often set ourselves up for failure by setting our goals way too high.

This year, forget climbing Mt. Everest, crash dieting and quitting cold turkey. Resolve to stick to your New Year’s resolutions by setting real, attainable goals! If you do, chances are that by the time Valentine’s Day roles around you’ll still be right on target.

We’ve taken some of the most common resolutions us Moms make each year and tailored them to be more attainable and meaningful to your life! Remember: setting specific goals, defining your personal motivations and vowing to change only what you can control are key in making successful changes in your life.

Make Healthier Choices – Are your family meals as healthy as they could be? Do you wage the war every weeknight to put a healthy dinner on the table, but find that pizza and Chinese food have been winning the battles? This year, make a vow to incorporate more health-conscious choices into your meals!

Check out some cookbooks or recipe sites for some healthy recipe ideas. We ♥ RecipeHub for its delicious Healthy Recipes section and Recipe Matcher tool, which tells you what you can make using only what you have in the fridge! How cool is that!?

Planning your meals is key to eating healthier. Try to map out an hour or two during the weekend to make a grocery list, shop, and prepare food for later in the week. Use this time to chop-up fruits and veggies and keep them in the fridge for easy access during hectic mealtimes.

Get Moving – Looking to lose some weight in 2011? A good place to start is by increasing your physical activity. Experts recommend at least 45 minutes of physical activity per day for healthy adults—but that number can seem daunting in between everything else the average mom juggles on a daily basis. Instead, try measuring your movement in steps, rather than time!

Buy a pedometer and challenge yourself to hit at least 10,000 steps per day. Use the stairs instead of the escalator. Park your car at the far end of the mall and walk. Walk around the perimeter of the playground while junior is busy on the play-gym. Make hitting 10,000 steps into a game, and before long, you’ll come up with some ingenious ideas on how to add more steps to your day!

De-Clutter – Clutter has the uncanny ability to hold us back and just plain get in the way! Make some time to get rid of anything that is not bringing joy to your life—and that doesn’t just go for the many assorted knick knacks on your coffee table! Many Moms deal with plenty of emotional clutter, too.

Do you have that one “friend” who constantly asks for help but never seems to be able to return the favor? Are your children enrolled in so many after-school activities that you feel as though you need a personal assistant just to manage it all? Ask yourself if a person, activity or object brings happiness to you and your family. If it doesn’t, it may be time to let it go.

Make More Money – Ok, so we haven’t quite figured out just how to plant that money tree, but with just a little ingenuity, there’s no reason you can’t “make” more by saving more. Use coupons at the grocery store, seek out codes for online retail discounts, make your own household cleaning supplies—don’t turn saving money into a chore, turn it into a challenge!

Every time you manage to save a dollar or two, take it and stick in into your own personal piggy bank (whether it’s an empty water jug or a savings account). Over a year’s time a little pocket change makes a lot of difference!  At the end of the year, cash in and plan a family vacation or a fun family purchase.

Schedule Family Fun Hour – Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, chances are with everything that goes on in your daily routine, quiet time with your family doesn’t happen quite as often as you’d like it to. Make it happen!

Start small. Schedule just one hour a week when you can manage to get everyone in one place and do something together as a family—no excuses!  Watch a movie, order a favorite meal, play a board game, or just use the time to chat about what’s going on in your lives. Taking some time to reconnect with each other can make the family bond even deeper.

Motivational speaker Wayne Dyer once said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” and that applies to New Year’s resolutions, too! With a positive change of perception, a little motivation and some good old fashioned determination, there’s no reason you can’t make 2011 your best year ever! Here’s to a magnificent New Year moms!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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