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  1. Agreed! I have fallen into the trap and after a challenging day went back to eating sweets again tonight. These are some good tips and i’m starting to feel like i can get back on track! :)

  2. I have my goals written down and I look at them everyday. This helps me do at least one small thing to reach my goals each day. I totally agree that consistent small actions lead to big changes. Thank you for this post.

  3. I’ve found myself apologizing for my small goals, but they are not small in effect.

    I try to do ONE thing each day:

    1) in my HOUSE (not the routine everyday, but something extra) so there’s no call for binge-cleaning when people are coming

    2) for the BOOK that never seems to be done (even if it’s a paragraph)

    3) for SELF-CARE (even if it’s removing nail polish one day and putting new on the next) because it tends to always be last on the list and letting it slip impacts how I feel about me and contributes to a downward spiral.

    These are just three things laid on my heart. Not very spiritual sounding, I know, but the spiritual disciplines are already in place for me and these are three areas of weakness – a readiness for hospitality, faithfulness in my writing, self-care.

    Good post!

    • Marilyn,

      Just wonderful. I love how you got really specific in three areas of your life and are committed to moving forward every day in small, steady ways toward filling those areas of need.

      Love it. :)

  4. Great advice here! What I try to formulate my goals in a positive way, be as specific as possible and divide them into subgoals, so it’s easier to keep track of my progress. Also share your resolutions with your friends and family. Not only can they support you, but they will also be your accountability partners. Just take it step by step. Slow and steady wins the race.

    • Hi Alison,

      Totally agree with your thoughts– and I’d double underscore, BOLD and highlight the formulating your goals in a positive way– so so important! :)

  5. I resolve to start everyday with a green smoothie (o.j., cucumber, kale, parsley, watercress) no matter what. Then, I can worry about snacking on chocolate or doing some cardio later.

    But at least I know that I started the day like a goddess. : )

  6. I have recently read that your goals should include a plan to get back on track when you slip off the intended path. This helps a lot with food.

  7. I like the idea of the green smoothie (whether or not I’ll like the actual smoothie is another story). I’m going to start being accountable by taking the small step of starting my day off right and trying to build from there. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. One thing I’m determined to do: before I decide to do something decide if it will contribute to my becoming the best version of myself. I will judge an activity not by how I feel at the beginning (ie if I “feel” like doing it) but how it will make me feel in the long run. My goal is to live simply and make my decisions from there.

  9. I have committed to and paid entry fees for several running races this year. I don’t want to have just thrown that money away and /or embarrass myself during the race, so that is a great motivator for me.

  10. I give myself a why. Its easy to set goals but had to follow through sometimes. If I give value to my goals it makes it that much easier to just go ahead and do it even when I dont feel like it.

    Like many I am pushing myself to get in shape. But instead of focusing on the numbers (weight dropping) I am monitoring how my physical fitness changes. After a week (so far) I feel so much more fit than I did when I started. And thats much better than watching 1 or 2 pounds drop each week.

    As for my WHY, I put a reminder timer into my calendar to remind me to get up and exercise. It says -“Exercise – for Isabella, your baby needs you healthy and whole get up and do it take 30 mins!” and thats reinforcement.

  11. I want to tell you the story of my success. I am now a very healthy eater, avid exerciser, yogi, hooper, lover of life. But it wasn’t always that way. I used to be a smoker that was always tired. I constantly gave into junk food and laid on the couch. One day it was enough. That day I vowed to give up soda and drink water. When I stuck with that, I vowed the next month to eat at least 2-3 veggie/fruit servings a day. Then I quit smoking. Next I started exercising.

    Fast forward 6 years later, I am healthy, happy, full of energy. My family eats a 90% whole foods diet and I am training for my first half marathon. I will celebrate my 40th birthday later this year. Life is so good.

    If I had tried to do everything at once, I would have failed. Change little things gave me something doable. It also taught me how to make change and how to rebound when I fell off the wagon. It gave me goals to achieve which gave me hope.

    Little is the only way to go

  12. I’ve stopped making resolutions and instead I have choosen a Word of the Year (momentum) to guide my actions. I’ve set an over-arching goal of creating more harmony in my family, taking very small steps and seeing how the momentum carries us all to achieve our goals. This works for us!

  13. Totally agree!! Last year I started making resolutions when I needed to make them instead of waiting till the 1st of January. It makes them oh so much more achievable. And, in 2010 I only made ONE resolution, and kept it in its entirety. Now that’s encouraging for future resolutions!

  14. I made a goal to get fit and healthy. Not to a specific weight, but to exercise on a regular basis. In November I started getting dressed every morning down to the tennis shoes. I didn’t make myslef exercise at first, just get dressed. After just a day or two, I said just 10 minutes on the treadmill. 10 weeks later, I walk 6 out of 7 days, 35 minutes of high intensity intervals. I have much more stamina, I can climb stairs without being winded, and have energy for the day. I have now started a 20 minute yoga routine 3 to 4 days a week. I have been eating a little more healthy, but that will be my next thing to work towards. Oh, and I have lost 5 pounds!
    Will go check out your blog!

  15. This is a great post. The real key is making changes as part of your everyday life and personal preferences. Small steps are the only way of getting there. When we make the big, sweeping changes, we miss all the steps along the way that make the change more reflective of who we are (and sustainable). Then when we are not losing weight or seeing results, we stop the behavior because it has nothing to do with who we are. You never know where those small steps will take you!

  16. I love this idea! I particularly love that it is about “wellness”- not just one singular focus on weight, or organizing, or…whatever. “Wellness” is the whole package!

    One thing helping me with New Years’ Resolutions is to focus on one per month. So this month I am getting rid of 5 things per day. It has been so helpful to know I’m focusing hard on this one area for one month, and then next month I shift my focus to something else. It helps keep my motivation up!