Making Realistic Resolutions

Making Realistic ResolutionsAfter reading last week’s post Solution to the New Year’s Resolution, Papa C said that I needed to share some more about setting Realistic Resolutions.  His approach to the New Year’s Resolution is to keep it simple.  It’s important to set a goal, but it should be an attainable goal.

Realistic Resolutions: Small Goals

Papa C decided several years ago that he would like to get his weight down closer to what it was when he was in his 20’s.  Instead of setting a goal to lose all the weight in one year, he has set 5 pound goals every year.  Every year, he has achieved his goal. Now, his weight is half way between when he was a swimmer in high school, and his highest mark on the scale.

Now, you may be saying, “Well, that’s an awful long time to achieve a goal.”  At first, I agreed.  However, having this small goal has kept him on track with his eating habits and other health goals.  Plus, there is no temptation to “panic” and try other, unhealthy means to quickly lose a larger amount of weight.

On a side note, at an age when most people are adding a little weight every year, he is still losing and maintaining.  Very Positive Outcome 🙂

Realistic Resolutions: Setting Your Own Goals

In addition to setting smaller, attainable goals, it is also a good idea to be Realistic in the end goal.  In Papa C’s case, he has absolutely no desire to get back to his high school weight.  It isn’t a Realistic Resolution.  It would be one of those decisions that would completely take over his life, and be unhealthy.

For myself, I have come to the realization that I have to dictate the end result.  I have spent years struggling with the only acceptable end result being that magic number on some chart.  That’s not being true to me, nor is it necessarily healthy for my body.  My goal this year is much more reasonable, much like Papa C’s.

Some other examples of more Realistic Resolutions include:

  • Need some more education to get ahead professionally?  Try taking some courses at the local Community College or Technical School.  Just make sure they will roll up to a bigger degree, should you decide to make that leap later on.
  • Want to learn to Meditate, but don’t think you can dedicate an hour a day?  Start with five minutes at the start of your day, and five minutes before going to bed.
  • Want to be more Active?  Instead of signing up for a full year at the gym, check out options for some fun classes around town.  A dance class is much more fun than running on a tread mill 😉
  • Want to control the ingredients in your food, and cook more at home?  Check out my Efficient Kitchen series for some great ideas.
  • Don’t want to mess around with all of this Resolution stuff?  I don’t blame you.  The following was in my email box, courtesy of
Soon the new year starts, so now’s a great time to:
1. Wipe the slate clean.
2. Focus upon what you really want.
3. Chart your course.
Or is that a bit old school? Feels tiring? Ugh!
How about an adventurous alternative:
1. Give thanks that your life is exactly as it is.
2. Decide that 2018 will be the happiest year of your life yet.
3. Every day, follow your heart and instincts down new paths.
This will be your year!
  The Universe
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4 thoughts on “Making Realistic Resolutions

  1. I love the idea of setting smaller, attainable goals! I think a lot of us don’t end up sticking to our resolutions because they’re out of reach or unrealistic for our lifestyle. I think you can definitely work up to bigger goals, but it’s good to start of with small ones and work your way up!! Great post!

    • Thank you, Kate!

  2. Totally! Great post! Love the method of making smaller, more manageable goals to achieve all year long!

    Rae | Mindful Rambles

    • Thank you, Rae!

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