*Tip #1 Always make new changes with another person!
Starting this month, I will drink my 8 glasses of water a day and add more exercise-I plan to work out with a friend. The BEST way to stay on track! I made it through 4 straight months of 5:30 AM exercise classes because I had a friend waiting for me. Then, fall and school and homework and theater took over our family life. BUT, the good news is that we are planning to start up and I have already reserved a spot in the kickboxing class I tried for a couple week last fall with my neighbor! I also do a daily exercise thing with a co-worker. It's one of those monthly plans for sits ups and squats. We both have it on our phones and we stay on track that way. We check in daily together!
Also, I plan to slowly change my diet. I am that mom who serves her kids chicken nuggets and mac and cheese in the blue box (mom confession #423). Joe and I went to Trader Joe's today and stocked up on whole wheat pasta, chia seeds, veggies, steel cut oatmeal, etc...ready to start our Real Food Challenge tomorrow. I boxed up lots of processed food we had in the pantry and stuck it in the garage. We're doing this together! Spencer is planning to try it, too. I will have a super hard time cutting out white bread-so I bought some whole grain crackers and will eat that instead of bread for my lunches.
*#2 Be reasonable in expectations. I have stacks of photos and even more thousands of photos on my computer that I need to print or archive someway. I made a resolution to catch up on my scrapbooks last year. Progress...zilch. But I am stealing Gretchen Rubin's suggestions and giving myself 15 minutes daily to work on my photos and memory sorting. Will time myself and stop after 15 minutes. I will make slow progress, but slow progress is better than none. Right?!
*#3 Don't add too many expectations for yourself. I would like to change many things, but the truth is, I am a busy full time mama with a full time teaching job. I take work home. I carpool. I have bunco nights monthly (yay!). I try to schedule date time with Joe. My life is busy and full. I can't make many big changes. So, I will go slow...add something slowly. Like drink my 8 glasses of water daily, give up soda, keep on my cleaning plan...but not big things. Can't. Not now anyway. And that's OK.
It's January 5. I haven't had any glasses of water yet today, drank a coke, skipped breakfast...but it's OK, tomorrow will be better. Wish me luck!