Updated: Apr 30
As January begins, people whisper about their "resolutions." Have you ever followed through with these or even taken the time to write them down? This year is the time to make your resolutions count. Sit down and create your schedule for a New You in the New Year.
The biggest challenge to making your 2021 resolutions stick is creating practical ones, to begin with. If you're like the rest of America and eat out four times per week, then you may have a goal to save money and your waistline by kicking the fast-food restaurants to the curb. Instead of making bold statements such as, "I will not eat fast food for 2021," opt for "I will eat fast food no more than once every two weeks." As you achieve this goal, and it seems to become easier to avoid the golden arches, you can then refine your resolution to "I will eat fast food no more than once a month" And so on. When you decide to commit and write down your New You Resolutions this year, consider these helpful tips:
1. Write it Down
Avoid committing it to memory. Instead, write it out with pride and post it to remind you of the goals you have set.
2. Put a Number to it
Decide how many times a day, week, or month you can do something and shun away from saying "every day." Life happens, and you don't want "every day" to be the cause of you throwing in the towel altogether on your goals.
3. Keep it Realistic
Although the idea of losing 10 lbs in a week sounds excellent on infomercials, it's neither realistic nor healthy. Weight loss goals should be based on losing 1 - 2 lbs per week. If you want to lose it and keep it off, then choose to keep your goals real.
4. Enlist Help From Others
This is the time to call your best friend and convince him or her to make a resolution with you. Use each other for the purpose of accountability. Call up your most energetic and motivated friends and have a Resolution Party.
5. Seek out the Advice of an Expert
If it's exercise goals, seek out a certified Exercise Physiologist, nutrition - meet with a Registered Dietitian, and if it's to organize your life - hire a Personal Organizer or Maid.
6. Set Yourself up for Success
Think positively when you set your goals. People have greater success adding to their daily life than taking away. Try this, "I will eat at least one cup of berries three times each week." When you add in fruit and vegetables, you often have less room for chips and dip.
7. Don't Forget to Follow-up
When you write down your goals, take the time to write down follow-up dates in your calendar. For weekly goals, check on yourself every three months, and for monthly goals, check on yourself in six months.
8. Last, but not Least, Remember to Reward
Treat yourself to a massage, a facial, or a new outfit when your resolution has been met, and your goal has become a habit.
New Year's Resolutions are a way for us to touch base with ourselves and look for ways to make improvements. Don't stress over them. Instead, make them positive, make them real, and make them stick. Here's to You in the New Year.
Forty percent of Americans make a New Year's Resolution, but only 8 percent of people actually keep them. While there are many reasons you might not stick to your resolutions, the cost should not be one of them!
With this in mind, we put together a list of our top most realistic and impactful New Year's Resolutions and how you can achieve your goals while sticking to your budget with Veterans Advantage and VetRewards Exclusive discounts.
Resolution 1: Feed Your Body Good Things
Getting physically fit isn't just about losing weight or building muscle; it's also about increasing self-confidence and feeling healthy and comfortable in your own skin. Even if you are thin, you can still set fitness goals for yourself - perhaps you want to increase endurance, gain flexibility, or have healthier joints and ligaments!
No matter your goals, try to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week and try to incorporate strength training, so you're burning calories even when you're sitting still! Order protein powder, supplements, and vitamins with our 15% OFF discount at GNC or 20% OFF at CVS.com.
When you're busy, it can be hard to find the time to give your body the things it needs to function at its best. While it can be tempting to grab burgers or pizza on the way home from work, you could subscribe to a healthier boxed meal service, like Graze.
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Resolution 2: Be Grateful by Thinking of Others
When you are caught up in day-to-day life, it's easy to forget how lucky you are. This year, make it a point to observe the things you are thankful for more often and let those around you know that you appreciate their support and love.
An easy way to stay focused on the positives in your life is to keep an "appreciation journal," where once-daily you write down all of the things you are thankful for, no matter how bad of a day you have had. This can reframe the way you think about your life and relationships.
You can also make a habit of sending more thank you cards to those who do nice things for you or help you in your life. The simple act of writing down how grateful you are for someone's help or how much you appreciate something they've said or done can be eye-opening.
You can also express your gratitude by giving back to those who are less fortunate. There are many Veterans and military families who need our help - you could serve a meal at a homeless shelter for Vets, send a care package to a deployed soldier, or just spend time with an elderly Veteran who may be lonely. This year, make it a goal to volunteer at least once a month at a local veterans charity.
You can also Give the Gift of VetRewards, which allows deployed military, wounded veterans, and their families to save money on daily shopping, medications, and travel to see loved ones. For each VetRewards Card you give, you know it will be going to great causes like wounded veterans and their caregivers, Medal of Honor Recipients, the spouses and their widows.
Resolution 3: Sound Mind, Sound Body
Whether you are currently enlisted, a veteran, spouse, or other family members, making space for your mental health is critical. While you may consider a professional or deal with stress, there are plenty of things you can do yourself in your daily life to learn healthy ways to cope with depression, anxiety and improve your overall wellbeing.
To take a step in the right direction, try picking up a weekly meditation practice, practicing daily self-affirmations, or yoga to 'inspire' you to get started to get the right gear for a new yoga class. You can also set a goal to read one self-building book a month that you find interesting - no matter the subject.
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Resolution 4: Get Away More Often
Whether it's a romantic, week-long getaway with your spouse, a family vacation, or a quick weekend trip to see the kids, most of us would love to travel more often. So why don't we? Usually, it's because we don't have the time or the money to go where we want!
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With Veterans Advantage, you're fully-covered for discounted travel - now you just have to find the time to getaway!
Resolution 5: Take Control of Your Finances
Whether you want to save more money for retirement, start a college fund for your children, learn to invest, buy your first home, or simply be more responsible with your money and pay off debt, taking control of your finances is a powerful and worthwhile resolution for 2020.
While setting a budget and building up your savings account can seem a bit overwhelming if you plan and stick to the tips of your financial advisor, reaching your goals can be simple and straightforward. Need help planning out your financial future? If you're enrolled in VetRewards, you have access to free custom personal financial planning--a $500 value! Just sign up, and a Financial Advisor will get in touch within a few days to schedule your planning session.
Will you make a New Year's Resolution this year? I hope these examples of resolutions and ways to achieve them will inspire you to accomplish your own goals that can improve your life. I hope this information has been helpful and you enjoyed it. Happy New Year!
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