How To Make A Realistic New Year’s Resolution

“I am going to work out every day!”

”I won’t eat carbs!”

“I want to lose 50 pounds.”

Are these promises you hear from your friends and family as their New Year’s resolutions? Maybe these are promises you hear from yourself. How often are these promises kept for the month of January, but once Valentine’s Day rolls around you are back in your same old routine?

This routine may consist of sitting on the couch after school instead of working out. Or maybe you go out to eat and chow down all the bread your waiter brings to you?

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As a college student, I know it is easy to find any excuse in the book to get out of working out .You had a long day at school or work. You have way to much homework or too many projects. You have to get up early in the morning.

I know my roommates and I also make up excuses for eating bad. “We had a long day, we deserve it!” Or how about, “We went to the gym, let’s get frozen yogurt!”

Trust me, been there done that. These excuses do not help you in the end, and you are sacrificing a healthy body inside and out for these cravings.

While I will not argue that keeping New Year’s resolutions is challenging, I also believe that if you set manageable goals, you can most certainly accomplish them.

Did you know that the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions started with the early Babylonians according to english-zone.com. Their most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

While the early Babylonians may not have had goals relating to health and nutrition, today these resolutions have evolved into these promises or challenges.

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This year, while you are talking amongst friends and family about what you are going to do this year, actually think of something that will change your health for the better.

While it is unrealistic to think you can hit the gym all 365 days of 2013, narrowly tailor this goal. Make a promise to yourself to exercise 3 times a week. This doesn’t have to be running like a rat on a treadmill.

Go hike that mountain in your backyard and pack a healthy and nutritious picnic. Bike a new trail along the beach or roller blade to the next town over.

Exercise can be fun! Maybe after you reach 3 times a week, around March or April you will be looking to challenge yourself even further, push to 4 times a week.

I have spent some quality time pondering what it is about my life that I can improve for the better. Taking the knowledge I have on the positive effects that water can have on your body, especially in terms of weight loss, I have come up with my New Year’s resolution.

My challenge to myself is to drink 1 glass of water before every meal. This is my narrowly tailored goal so that I can work my way up to drinking two glasses of water before every meal. Here is the science behind it from Discovery News.

“Obese dieters who drank two cups of water before each meal lost 5 pounds more than a group of dieters who didn’t increase their water intake. A year later, the water-drinkers had also kept more of the weight off.”

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Not only will I be able to push myself to drink more water, but in the long run the weight will stay off. This is not one of those crazy “fad” diets that doesn’t allow you to eat anything until you are about to pass out and then you eat a cube of cheese as Emily from the Devil Wears Prada would say.

In it’s most simplistic form, it is consuming water. All natural all good for you, no weird additives or the like, just water.

The sky is the limit but only you know yourself the best. What can you manage and handle? Push the envelope and don’t be afraid to set higher goals.

Share your New Year’s resolutions with me in the comments box below!

Also, happy 2013, I guess the world didn’t end after all.

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.