How to Make your New Years Resolution Come True

The year is quickly coming to an end and I know we are all thinking about our New Years resolution. This is a hard decision in a way because we want to set goals that we can realistically reach. So we look back on what we did this year and see if we achieved the new years resolution we set last year. If you are like me your answer is yes and no. I always set more than one goal. So if I achieve one of my goals in the beginning of the year I have something else to work towards the rest of the year.

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So when setting my goals they are not something I think of in 20 minutes and decide that is what I am going to do. My resolutions have to meet a few specifications such as…

  1. Is it realistic?
    Is there an actual possibility that I could achieve this goal in 365 days while also living a life.
  2. In 5 years with this goal have made a difference in my life?
    If I lose 20 pounds this year but in 5 years have gained one hundred then that 20 pound weight loss doesn’t really matter. But if I transition my eating and activity habits to incorporate more healthy decisions then continuing those habits in 5 years will make a difference.
  3. How will it effect others?
    Losing 20 pounds benefits yourself but having a healthier eating habit may encourage others around you to eat healthy as well.
  4. How important is it to me?
    Personally I am more motivated to achieve a goal if it is important to me. Don’t make your new years resolutions about pleasing others or trying to become someone your not.

Once I have created my list I then go back and check it several times. After I know everything on my list is 100% staying on my list then I add in details. Details are important because then you know in six months what you were talking about when you said get healthy. Ok I ate a salad today thats healthy so check it off the list. NO! Add details in, set a set when you want to have it completed by, where your going to do it, with who, and why.

Example: In the year 2017 I, Marissa, want to live a healthier life style. I want to incorporate my boyfriend and encourage him to be healthy as well. I want to eat healthy meals and get involved in more physical activity. I will learn one new healthy recipe a week and expand my meal prep options. I will also participate in seven hours of physical activity a week. I understand it may take time to fit this into my schedule so I will give myself till April 1st to work up to seven hours of physical activity a week.

When thinking of your new years resolutions don’t set yourself up to fail. Truly take an hour to sit down and think about your goals and objectives for 2017. Then write it out, type it up, and get creative. Just document your goals and dead lines in a way to motivate yourself to achieve your new years resolutions. Another thing you could do it encourage other to hold you accountable. Tell them to nag you about thing you want to change or goals you want to achieve.

I hope all of this helps you and gets you thinking in more detail about your goals for the new year. Leave a comment below of something you want to achieve for 2017 so others can get ideas and get inspired. One of my goals is to build a better blog and become a better blogger. Also to do some pretty awesome and unique DIYs on 2017.

Funny Story/ Im horrible

This post is going to be about my week and how I am a horribly unorganized person. Basically I am going to be making fun of myself and giving you guys sneak previews of what is coming in the next couple weeks. Plus there is a little bonus behind the scenes of how I run my blog/life.

So where do I start hmmm… I guess with things I unfortunately have to do. Every day this week I have had school and work. If you didn’t know this or would like to know. I am a Lifeguard at the REC on campus and I work the opening shift. Unfortunately for me I have to wake up at 5 am (it really isn’t that bad) but this weekend I had four days off of school and work and my sleeping schedule got all messed up. I slept like crap. Usually I’m in bed between 10 and 11 pm and I think the earliest I got to bed all weekend was 12:30. Then on top of it I actually slept in for once, till 11 am. I can never do that! So my sleeping schedule got all messed up and now its Thursday and I was late to work this morning because I slept through my alarm. Then I had a meeting then I had to go straight to class. After class I usually have my after noons off so I have been working out and crafting and other fun summer activities. Well today I had a second shift and only had a short break after class. Yes incase you were wondering I am typing this at work. Don’t worry I am working the desk today so I am not lifeguarding right now. But yes basically I am very tired and I have been working on stuff all week getting ready for the weekend.

Next: Adulting and my life style change
I try very hard at this part but sometimes it gets little rough. As you all know I went to New York City a couple weeks ago and this week I finally unpacked my suitcase and decided I needed to do laundry. Actually my clothes decided I needed to do laundry or else I was going to have to get my winter clothes back out and its been in the high 80’s this week so no thank you. Finally after two days I got my laundry done. Someone really needs to invent a dryer that folds clothes. I also did some much needed cleaning around my house. Adulating? Check!
Also this week I ate some pretty healthy meals. I used apples and bananas for my snacks this week. I ate oatmeal or oatmeal bars for breakfast. Lunch was usually chicken and veggies or salad with chicken on it. One nutrient I have been trying to add into my diet this week is Omega 3. These help a lot with my acne and skin health. You can get this through fish as well as chia seeds and flax seeds. I have been putting chia seeds on my salad. You can also put them in your water, smoothies, bread, and a lot of other foods. They don’t have much flavor and when I do taste them they taste like sunflower seeds. Now that my gym is open again I can work out so I have an hour break between work and class so I am utilizing that free time to get an easy work out in. I have been doing some light lifting and cardio. I also add in an ab circuit. It is very simple but effective and I will share it with you. This doesn’t dramatically cut my stomach but it makes me sore and when I think it is getting easier I up the reps.

Ab work out: (I am not a personal trainer or fitness coach this is just what I do myself)
– 30 second plank
– 30 regular crunches
– 30 leg lifts
– 30 second plank
– 30 seconds of air flitter kicking
– 40 Russian twists
– 30 second plank

I also like to switch it up with a plank work out that I will post at a later time. The ab workout above it what I try to do three times a week. Its simple and short but effective. I don’t always do it when I am at the gym it all depends on my time and energy level at the time. What I like to do is do it during the commercial when Im watching tv. If you really want to hit abs hard you could do this workout every commercial during your favorite tv show. All you would have to do is change the reps so start by doing 50 of each at your own pace then work you way down every commercial. So do 50 reps the first commercial then 40, 30, 20, 10. If your show isn’t over and you want to keep the burn up then start going back up (10, 20,30,40).

DIY

Recently I have started making wreaths and selling them. I mostly sell them to people from my home town and in the area I live now. I haven’t sold many but I am working to sell more. I am lucky that my mom owns her own business and a lot of her customers buy things that I make. What I do is I take them home and she sells them for me. Thank you mom! This weekend I am going home for a visit and I am taking all my wreaths. I set a goal for myself to make ten wreaths this week and I am pretty close. Tonight I plan to finish up a couple and hopefully make a couple more tomorrow. Because I have been focusing on wreaths I haven’t made many other things and it is totally killing my creative vibe. So after these next two days I am taking a break from wreath making and getting back into some other stuff. I plan to do some fun summer DIYs and I am considering doing a five day series of summer DIY must haves. Like this post if you would like to see that.

Future posts (roughly)

First off I want to apologize for not posting my weekly DIYs. I know I have been slacking, no excuses. I know I have been making a lot of lifestyle posts lately and I am going to try to balance those out with DIY posts as well.

So this is where I get to share some of my secrets and behind the scenes to this blog. I usually put little planning into my posts. Mostly I have an idea, plan a tiny bit, type up my post, make some changes, and then publish it. I used to use my monthly calendar and plan out for the month what DIYs I was going to post and have them published by Monday. Now that summer has started and my schedule has changed I haven’t been doing that. Also my planner ran out since it was an academic planner. I live in my planner, it is the bible of my life. If any one ever wanted to stalk me or know all my secrets forget the diary just find my planner. To fix my no planner problem and save money I made my own planner. I found the templates on line and printed them out. I will be making a post about my DIY planner as soon as I have it all completed.

Along with my DIY planner I am going to make a post about 7 ways to be more productive.  For my post about being productive I did some research and planning. I watched videos, read articles, and even tracked what I did. As I was preparing for this post I realized that I am not very productive and fall victim to distractions, procrastinations, and multi tasking. Thats right multi-tasking diminishes productivity. I decided until I was more productive I would not make this post because I feel that it would have a better blog post if I was more productive. So I am putting in more effort in having productive days and getting stuff done.

As I mentioned earlier in the post I am planning on doing 5 days of summer DIY must haves. I am still working out the details of that post but I can tell you everything is going to be super cute and nothing like what I have done before. But that is all the sneak previews I am going to give you about that because I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

YouTube! YOUTUBE. YouTube?

I know. I know I have been writing about youtube a lot lately. Incase you didn’t know I am a millennial and I am going through the stereotypical millennial life crisis right now. I am graduating in six months and I have no fracking clue what I want to do after graduation. I am at the cross roads in my life between childhood and adult life and honestly it scares the crap out of me. I have been watching youtube since before it became big. I always wanted to have my own channel and create videos. When I was younger I even took videos of myself pretending to be a youtuber. Now that I am older and wiser, I have realized that I am 100% capable of having/making…Creating my own youtube channel. Once again I am scared. Its intimidating ok! I don’t know why it scares me and is so intimidating to me and blogging isn’t though. I honestly sit here and type my posts for anyone in the world to read as if I am sitting in a coffee shop talking to you as if we have know each other for years. When I blog I am eager to share ideas and even just tell you all whats going on in my life. Im not scared or worried what you will think. When it comes to me sitting in front of a camera and telling my life story for everyone to see and hear me then I get shy and clam up.

I know that if I create a channel there will be some haters or negative people but I also know that there will be far more positive people. I also hope that some of you would watch my videos and support me. I need to just gain the confidence to make that first video and upload it. Its a lot easier said than done though.

Well thats all for today. I know this post was long and I really appreciate it if you read the whole thing. Also if you did and red the part about youtube, comment a video you would like to see from me. It can be a DIY, about my life, even a blog I have already made just as a video. If you don’t have any requests then please comment some words of wisdom or motivation for me to start my channel. Remember I do this for you guys and love getting feedback from you. It truly makes my day a lot better when I get on my computer and see that you all like what I write.

Day #6 Healthy Eating Tips/Tricks

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This was supposed to publish 5 days ago and I just realized it didn’t.

I have been working on changing my life style for almost a week now and I can say its going pretty well. I have been eating healthy and getting in some good workouts.

Yesterday my boyfriend and I went to a flee market that was two hours away. I had a lot of fun and found some interesting things. We walked around for about four hours and sweat our butts off. It was a beautiful day, sunny and almost 90 degrees. At the flea market people were also selling produce so we picked up some fresh fruits and veggies. I got strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe,black berries, bananas, watermelon, peppers, and onions. My favorite summer time food is watermelon. I do so much with it and it also makes the perfect snack. Watermelon is also very healthy for you and a great way to up your water in take. I was also very proud of myself and avoided all the unhealthy fair food. I packed water and we got lunch on our way home.

Today is going by so fast but has been somewhat productive. Since I didn’t have anything I had to do today I aloud myself to sleep in. When I got up I ate a banana for breakfast and went to the gym. I did a ten minute run then lifted. When I got home I took a shower and made myself some brunch. I made scrambled eggs and apple pancakes. I know pancakes can be very unhealthy so I like to add fruit into my pancakes to make them healthier and sweeter and that way I don’t have to use syrup. After that I finished up a couple wreaths that I was working on and cleaned my house some. I made some rite salad wit the fruit we got yesterday and I am going to spend the rest of the day working on my first youtube video and in the pool.

I will post pictures of my wreaths for you guys in a few days. I am also going to try to start a new weekly topic on my channel called real talk Wednesdays. Every Wednesday I will make a post with some real talk about my life and things happening. So if you care about whats going on in my life and want to give me some advice/tricks/tips/words of wisdom then come back on Wednesday.

My life style change is in full swing and I wanted to give you guys some tips I learned this week. All of these tips are focused around healthy eating in a realistic way and how to make it easier. Today we center our lives around convenience and some people avoid eating healthy because it isn’t as convent as boxed dinners or take out. Being a college student I know the feeling. After waking up at 5 am for work and going to class all day. Then coming home and having hours or studying and projects to complete I didn’t have a lot of time for healthy meals. So here are some ways to incorporate healthy eating.

Tip 1 Prep.
Healthy eating isn’t always the most convenient but by prepping you can make it. Before my life style change I did some prep for meals for the week because of my busy schedule. So I would take Sunday afternoons and put my croc pot to work. I would cook one large meal and then that would be my lunch for the week. It makes it so convenient and easy for me. Another way to prep is the night before. Like I said in my previous post, I make my lemon water the night before and pack my breakfast in my bag. I also like to cut up fruit and veggies and put them in small baggies or containers for a quick snack when Im on the go. So take time one or two days a week or even the night before to get your meals ready. At first this could be over whelming to make three meals for the entire week so make it easy on yourself. For breakfast have oatmeal or fruit that doesn’t take a lot of prep.

Tip 2 Avoid temptation
Eating healthy needs to be consistent. Im not saying you can’t have that one meal a week that isn’t very healthy but be consistent. In order to do that you need to avoid temptation. I find the best way to do this is to completely remove them from your house. We all have that limited grocery budget and buying healthy food isn’t always the cheapest. To keep your food bill low don’t buy anything that you don’t eat every day. By this I mean cut out the candy, cookies, ice cream, and anything unhealthy. You don’t need to buy them every time you go to the store if your not eating them every day. If you absolutely cannot go to the store without buying some junk food then pick one item and buy a SMALL package. Ice cream is my weakness and temps me when I buy it. I would buy a half gallon and tell myself I could have one small scoop a week but then I would find myself every day having four or five large spoon full out of the container. I thought if I didn’t scoop myself a bowl I would eat less only to find I ate half a gallon of ice cream in a week. So now I don’t buy it and when I want to treat myself I will go and get a small ice cream cone.

Tip 3 Portions
This is important in watching what you eat. Just because its healthy doesn’t mean I can eat a whole watermelon in one sitting. Its important to keep in mind that healthy foods still contain sugar and fats. While all nutrients are important they need to be consumed in moderation. I hate measuring my food so I don’t. I just pay attention to what I am eating. If I know something I am eating isn’t completely healthy for me I eat a smaller portion.   So tonight I ate a sausage peppers and onions sandwich, pasta salad, and fruit. I know my pasta salad isn’t that healthy for me so I ate a small proportion of it. Just enough to get the taste but not enough to completely ruin my dinner. Also when prepping things I try to keep them in portion sizes. So If I am prepping some fruit for breakfast I put it in a small bowl so that I don’t eat a large portion.

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Keep up the awesome work and I hope you all enjoy these awesome tips. Also I created a twitter so if you want to know more of what I am up to follow me @createlynndiy on twitter.

Day #3

Well today is technically day three of my healthy lifestyle change but I have only completed two days since it is 6am as I am typing this. So these past two days have went pretty well. In trying to live a healthier lifestyle I am gradually making a change. I didn’t want to go cold turkey on couch time and junk food because I knew this change wouldn’t last long. So I am going to take it week by week in how intense I get. This week my main focus is eating healthier than I was, drinking more water, and light exercise in exciting ways.

Drinking More Water

Believe it or not drinking water has a major effect on your life. We are supposed to drink eight glasses of water that are eight ounces every day. Thats a lot of water then add some sweaty activity to that and you need to drink more. This is the problem I have, I’ll drink a few glasses of water and get tired of the flavorless beverage. So I am adding a little prep time to my every day activity. Before I go to bed I have a routine that I do. I have added a few things to that routine, one of them being making lemon water. Lemon water not only tastes good but its water and its lemon. So as you get hydrated and your absorbing some nutrients from the lemon. You could add any fruit or vegetable you want to the water and get the same effect. Another thing you could try adding is mint leaves.

So what I do is I take my 20 oz water bottle add half a small lemon fill it with water and let it set in the fridge over night. You could do this any time of the day it is just easiest for me to do it at night because I leave for work at 5am. After I have made my lemon water I put a glass bowl, spoon, and single serving oatmeal packet into my bag. That way when I wake up in the morning my work bag is packed and all I have to do is grab my drink from the fridge.

Eating Healthier (but still eating)

I find in having healthy day it is best to start it early. So for breakfast eat something healthy. I used to not pack my breakfast so I would grab pop tarts or toaster strudels for breakfast. While those tasted great they are full of unnatural sugar. I found when eating those I would have major cravings all day for sweet things and fruit just wouldn’t do it for me. Now I start my day with oatmeal and a large glass of water. I know what you are all thinking my coffee has water so it counts. Well unless you can drink your coffee black your also getting the sugar and the bad things from the creamer and sweeteners. I, like many others love coffee, especially when its creamy and sweet. I can also drink about four cups in the morning. So instead of breaking up with your coffee try to cut back. I limit myself to one small cup and only in the morning.

Now that I have eaten my oatmeal I have started the day off right so why ruin it with an unhealthy lunch. By eating a good breakfast I find I am fuller longer, I am more motivated to eat right the rest of the day, and I don’t have cravings like I did before. I still have the cravings but I am determined to not give in. I find that when I have a craving a lot of times I might just be thirsty but mistake it for hunger. So when I am craving something I am going to sit and drink a whole glass of water. This will train me to respond to those urges in a healthier way and to also know what by body needs better. If after I drink my water I still feel hungry I’ll substitute my sugary sweets for a naturally sugary sweet like fruit or veggies.

Physical Activity

Along with drinking water and eating right we need to exercise. Now that the weather is nice I don’t want to spend my day inside. That includes when I’m working out. Which I can’t do any ways because my gym is closed this week for cleaning. So instead of using that as an excuse to not workout I am using it as motivation to find fun alternate ways to get a work out in. Im am currently taking a yoga class at school for credit but it is not what I expected it to be. We only do about twenty to thirty minutes of yoga and the rest of the time is spent on paper work learning. So I am trying to do more than that. I am lucky enough to live close to a park that had a huge open grass area and several trails through the woods. Yesterday my boyfriend and I went there and played some frisbee and threw a ball back and forth. After that we went on about a mile and a half hike. It was a lot of fun and a great way to get in some exercise. While I also enjoy going to the gym and hitting the weight this was a great way to get in some exercise as well.

If you use the excuse that you don’t have the time to go to the gym and work out there are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your every day routine. Try walking to places that you go instead of driving. If you live to far away then just park in the furthest spot away from the budding in the parking lot. Also instead of taking the elevator take the stairs. Other things you could do it make time for a quick work out. Do 15 to 20 unites of high intensity activity right in your own home. Its enough to get your heart rate up and maybe even break a sweat.

Another thing I find helpful is to phone a friend. Want to get some physical activity, ask a friend or your partner to go to the park or the mall. You could even set a challenge for each other. Also if you have a dog most likely they would love you even more if you took them on a walk. It doesn’t have to be an hour long walk like I said 15 to 20 unites of a fast pace walk is almost as good.

I love working out in the gym don’t get me wrong but I am tired of doing the same activity all the time. I get bored and then my work out gets cut short or isn’t as hard as I would like it to be. So I am going to try to incorporate more physical activity throughout my day so if I don’t have time for the gym one day I won’t feel as bad.

All of these things I am doing will pay off over time. When trying to live healthier and lose weight it won’t happen in a day. I have learned that patiences is very important. I am seeing a foundation for the rest of my life so I am making sure it is string before I try to pile more things on top. I know as time goes on my eating habits will get better and my work outs will be more intense. For now I am trying to prepare my self for the harder days by setting the mood and getting my mind and body on the same page.

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