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John Pierre’s Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

John Pierre’s Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions The New Year can be the perfect time to glance back and see what has been working in your life and what hasn’t. You can then make a conscious decision about saying farewell to less-than-ideal habits and work on inviting more beneficial lifestyle choices into your daily routine. If you’re ready to commit to new goals for 2016, consider his suggestions to get you started in the right direction.

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If you have a goal in mind, make sure that it’s meaningful for you and that you feel excited about it. Committing to a goal that you think others want for you may seem like a good idea, but if you’re not truly onboard with it you’ll likely avoid it and end up sabotaging yourself eventually.

When you imagine a goal that you’d like to accomplish, work on making small steps toward the realization of that goal instead of earmarking a rigid calendar date that you have to meet at all costs. That may be unrealistic and set you up for failure in the long run. Remember that consistency is the key, and it’s often better to take a step in the right direction a little bit every day than make big moves sporadically and infrequently that may cause your motivation and desire to dampen and wane.

Write down your goals and keep them visible. Creating a vision board with photos, words, and drawings of what you want more of will assist you toward accomplishing your goals and help keep you on track. If you’d like to eat more fruits and vegetables, for example, try keeping photos of your favorite ones right on your fridge as a reminder to buy and eat them often. You can also keep a list of words, a few pictures, or a small photo collage in your bag or purse to look at as a motivational reminder when you have a few moments throughout the day.

Visualize your success when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed in the evening. See yourself accomplishing your goal and try to imagine how great it feels to fulfill and achieve what you’ve set out to do. Keep those positive feelings with you and refer back to them if you feel your motivation starting to decrease. Here are my clients Top 10 New Year Resolutions, along with some tips on how to successfully accomplish them…

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1) Move Toward a Plant-Based Diet−Love the idea of moving toward a plant- based diet? It’s easy with a few tips and pointers.

  • Focus on more nutritious meals that include quinoa, amaranth, and wild and brown rice.
  • Keep legumes as your key staples in a plant based diet. Include beans, peas, and lentils in your soups and salads, along with rice or pasta dishes. The generous amounts of B vitamins, protein, and fiber inherent in these foods will help keep you healthy and fit.
  • Sneak in flax or chia seeds into your smoothies and soups. The fiber, lignan’s, and Omega 3’s are often scarce in a typical standard diet, so including these power foods helps satisfy these missing components in your diet.
  • Add more quality plant foods into your meals. Focus on cruciferous vegetables that are high in fiber and filling such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Crunchy vegetables allow you to crunch and chew more, engaging your jaw, a common place where many people hold stress. Just the action of biting down on something solid can help dissipate jaw tension and improve moods.

2) Stay Well Hydrated−Add nutrient-dense green powders to your clean water or focus on fresh vegetable juices daily to make the most of your hydration needs. Toss a hibiscus tea bag into your water bottle to sip a nutrient-enhanced liquid all day. Be sure to have your water bottle close by for drinking throughout the day.

3) Get Enough Quality Rest−Challenge yourself to get to bed before 11 pm and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep. It’s common knowledge that getting quality rest is of paramount importance but how often do we make that a priority?

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4) Focus on Living an Active Lifestyle−Think of motion as the fountain of youth. It’s better to live an active lifestyle than save your motion for the gym just a few sessions a week. Use every opportunity that you have to invite more motion into your day.

  • If you have the option between standing and sitting, consider standing. Standing burns three times more calories than sitting and helps get your circulation moving. If you’re talking on the phone, stand up and pace back and forth or walk around. Every extra motion that you fit into your day really adds up to big rewards.
  • Consider buying yourself an inexpensive pedometer to keep track of the daily steps that you take. Focus on increasing those steps and see how you feel as a result.

5) Start a Gratitude Journal−Writing down what you’re grateful for every day may be one of the most uplifting and mood-enhancing activities you can engage in. Focusing on the positive elements of your life improves your feelings of happiness and keeps you more centered, optimistic, and resilient.

6) Avoid Negative Media−Focusing on negative media stories that are filled with idle gossip and sensationalism is often counterproductive to our moods and overall life satisfaction. Instead, invest quality time with people and animals that you care about and spend your valuable energy on helping worthy causes that make you feel good and uplift your spirit.

7) Be Kind−Do your best to be kind to everyone you meet with your words and actions. Being kind and considerate opens the door for more trust and appreciation in social and intimate relationships, helping everyone feel better.

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8) Play More−As we get older, play often takes a backseat in our daily lives, but it’s critical for our health and wellbeing. Playing games, whether active sports or board games, engages our spirit, creates healthy vibrancy, and prevents social isolation and boredom. Avoid creating a “play deficiency” and instead look for ways to add more play into your day.

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9) Smile Often−Smiling costs nothing and adds so much to our mental and emotional health, along with helping the person we’re smiling at to feel validated and uplifted. How often do we forget to smile when we meet or thank someone? Smiling trigers the “feel good” chemicals in our brain to increase, making us feel better. Remember to smile often.

10) Invite Support−Don’t be afraid to seek support when making better life choices. If you’re struggling with giving up addictive behaviors or you simply need more encouragement and a motivation boost, look for individuals who have attained success or specialize in assisting others with breaking negative behaviors. There’s nothing wrong with getting the helping hand you need.

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