This is the year of the Wooden Goat or Ram according to the Chinese horoscope. The Chinese new year begins on February 4th, and 2015 promises growth and prosperity, as well as and stable economic growth. In addition to these blessings, many Americans will pledge a change in their behavior.
The Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions are:
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Spend less, save more
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Stay fit and healthy
In breaking down the barriers to succeed and fulfill your goals, here are a few reminders for each resolution.
1. Lose Weight. Use the 80/20 rule. Trying to be perfect everyday is like trying to stop smoking cold turkey. Opt for healthy eating and calorie conscious meals 6 out of 7 days per week. You'll find that the "cheat day" helps you stay focused on your program so you won't feel as deprived.
2. Get organized. Start small. Take one project at a time and stick to it until it's done. That sense of accomplishment will help carry you to the next project. Start with drawers in your kitchen or with surfaces like your desktop - even your computer desktop can be cleaned up and organized.
3. Spend less, save more. Track your money. Using apps like "Mint" or "Expensify" can help manage your payments. Also using cash instead of credit cards can help you spend less. Give yourself a daily allowance and put any extra change or leftover in a jar. At the end of the week put half in a savings account and the other half for frugal spending. You'll enjoy the rewards!
4. Enjoy life to the fullest. Carpe diem. There's nothing more to living life than being present. Take a yoga class or write out a bucket list with specific dates to get started.... take the money from your jar each week and put it in the bucket list fund.
5. Stay fit and healthy. Maintain campaign. It's always easier to lose weight than maintain it! You have to stay focused and keep your weight from going up rather than seeing exciting new results. The problem is that as you become more fit, your body takes less energy to do the same work. This is why changing up your workout and routine is so important for keeping up with you goal weight.