Lose weight. Learn a new skill. Ditch a bad habit. We’ve all heard these resolutions before. While these are all great goals to have, the problem is that nearly 80% of resolutions are abandoned by the second week of February. Why, you ask? Results take time.
While we can’t expect to eat healthy one day and lose weight the next, there are small resolutions that we can make to help achieve a larger goal. This year, try making one of these resolutions that you can actually keep:
- Eat at least one healthy meal a day. You can’t expect to switch from burgers to salads overnight, but setting realistic expectations for yourself can help you reach your goals. Start small by swapping in a healthy smoothie bowl to start your day or skipping sugary desserts and opting for a healthy fruit salad instead.
- Pack a healthful snack. Whether you’re headed to school, the office or out for a day of adventure, commit to packing a healthy snack like watermelon jerky or juicy watermelon cubes. Having healthy options on hand will help keep you full throughout the day and curb cravings for sugar-packed snacks.
- Up your fruit and veggie intake. Start by loading half of your plate with fruits and vegetables before adding in lean meats and whole grains. Try making balanced kebabs, adding watermelon to sandwiches instead of mayo or tossing together a flavorful salad.
- Ditch the cola. Quench your thirst with a cold glass of watermelon juice or a juicy slice of watermelon. Choosing one cup of watermelon instead of 1 can of cola can save you almost 100 calories and is an easy first step in making healthy swaps.
- Try a new activity. Let’s face it: working out isn’t always fun. The good news is there are ways to get moving and have fun while doing it. Attempt a new outdoor activity, go for a long walk or try a watermelon workout!
With one of these simple and realistic resolutions, you’ll have a much easier time achieving your goals. It’s time to make 2018 your year!
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