Last year's New Year's Resolutions: Work out, eat well, sleep more. Jan 2 I was already back to seamless pizza and fries. How can I do better this year?

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You don't need to achieve your goals perfectly every day. Maybe try to do better a few days a week?


Agreed- take things one step at a time, one "bad" day isn't a failure. Changing habits takes time. You can ask yourself:
1) What specifically causes bad behaviors in the moment?
2) How can you avoid those causes?
3) How can you make daily goals more specific?
4) How can you integrate flexibility?


PACK LUNCH. I started this week packing a lunch, which I thought I would never have time to plan, prepare, and remember to bring with me...but I was in a rush this morning and still was able to throw together a turkey wrap in time to make it out the door. Saves so much money and time, and brain effort deciding what to order everyday. Order seamless for dinner, but bring your own lunch and chug water in the afternoons if you can after coffee. Makes a huge difference.


Don’t try to deprive yourself of the good stuff, and don’t impose unrealistic goals in terms of working out (or even sleep). Say to yourself that you’ll work out 2x a week and then build up to more if that’s what you want. Find a workout that you enjoy - classes can be extremely motivating and classpass make those classes a little more affordable than paying each time. You’ll be surprised at how your sleep improves when you’re frequently working out. But asides from that, quit screen time - stop looking at your phone, iPad, computer in, or right before, bed. Prep meals for the week over the weekend - things that take minimal effort, like chilli for example, are easy and microwave friendly for a quick dinner when you get home.


And, of course, let yourself have that seamless once a week as a treat! But just that: see it as a treat, rather than the norm.


App to help you keep things on track?


You have to see the value in what each of these things brings your life. Humans are shortsighted. Sleeping better will help you prevent many old-age illnesses and will help put your acuity and performance at its peak now. Exercise does the same thing - I’m terrified of becoming my parents who can’t even go for a walk without assistive devices now. Eating better is hard because your body likes consistency and will keep asking you for more pizza if that’s what you feed it. If you’re working really hard on complex files and less sleep, you’ll be more impulsive and want to eat more simple carby food too. Your brain doesn’t have the bandwidth to make more complex choices or put in more effort.

It all fits together. I agree with what others have said - take it one day at a time and remember WHY you want to make these changes.


Reward yourself a trip when you reach x goal

Maybe set a realistic smaller goal. I started doing meatless Mondays in law school and really committed to it after graduation. That helped me cook more which in turn helped me eat out less. I’m still working on the working out piece but I imagine it would be easier to similarly start small. Maybe commit to 2 classes a month or something and work your way up.

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