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Implementing Lifestyle Improvements Instead of New Year's Resolutions - from LCU Wellness Coordinator

((Deborah Kirkpatrick, the health and wellness coordinator at Lubbock Christian University, shared these tips for an alternate take on New Year’s resolutions: lifestyle adjustments.))

‘Tis the season to set New Year’s resolutions.

How many times have you done this? How many times have you been successful with this process and you stuck with it? Probably not as often as you would have hoped.

How about doing something this year that will stick? Lifestyle adjustments. Something that will last and make a lasting impact on your life and your family’s life.

Try doing one adjustment in January. One thing you can do is drink the recommended amount of water each day in January: half your body weight in ounces.

Once that becomes a habit, you can do another adjustment in February. How about, in February, you add some kind of physical activity that you can be consistent with and do the rest of your life. For it to fit this category, it has to be realistic and not extreme. If you do not do regular physical activity, start with walking.

Being consistent with these through January and February – making them lifestyle habits – will positively impact your life. Now that you have added two new lifestyle adjustments that you can keep and be consistent with, what will you do next?

  • Eat more fruits?
  • Eat more vegetables?
  • Cut back on how much sugar intake you have daily?

All of these are great next steps. The idea is to make realistic adjustments that will stick with you and become habits for your everyday lifestyle. Collectively doing this over time will help you reach your big goals or main goals: feel better, lose weight, sleep better, have more energy, and be the best you.

When you do not strive to improve, you will stay the same or decline. Always keep your head up and know that you are worth it. Finally, and most importantly, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Do not let that ever be forgotten. He made you, and He has you here for a reason. Do the best you can with what you have.