Ditch the Donuts...or Don't: A Clean Start for the New Year
Every year around this time I see people saying they're going to take better care of themselves in the New Year. Gym enrollment will skyrocket as Americans flock to the weight machines and the elliptical trainers talking about the new body they will have in the New Year. They start out strong, and by March everyone has forgotten those resolutions and has resolved that cookies and donuts are too good and easy to give up and that the gym is too far away and too crowded anyway.
For me, the New Year is a time to adjust my attitude and have a clean start at building to a better tomorrow. Your diet and exercise habits should be the same way. You can adjust your attitude and outlook on the work you're doing to do to get in shape and feel better, but trying to change your lifestyle overnight is a sure way to set yourself up to be the one calling and canceling your gym membership at the end of winter.
Whether you're looking to eat healthier or to eat more local food, start with small, manageable steps and work your way up. Perhaps you'll start by visiting the farmer's market once a month starting in the spring and be visiting twice a month by the fall harvest. If you're trying to cut junk food out of your diet, rather than eliminate it completely, try leaving room to treat yourself. Maybe you won't eat donuts for breakfast on your way to work, but you'll treat yourself on Sunday with a donut and a cup of coffee at your favorite shop.
What things are you doing this New Year to give yourself a clean start, and how can you take your goals and challenges for yourself and help others?