To Resolution or Not Resolution

If New Years Eve is a time for reflection, a time for fun, and a time to celebrate this past year of our lives, then New Years Day is a time for people to make changes or resolutions to make their next year the best yet!

While I am all about self improvement and becoming the best version of you… I am kind of anti-resolution (gasp)! Let me explain myself. I am anti-resolution, because I believe that if you are going to make positive and good changes in your life why don’t you just make a life style change. Life style changes are not resolutions. They are not things that you say you are going to do this year without following through. They are not too extreme, so that they are impossible to accomplish. Lastly, they are for LIFE… dun dun dun

As we welcome in 2016, my challenge to all of you is instead of coming up with a New Years resolution, commit yourself to a positive life style change!

Need help? Here are an example of a common resolution and a life style change that actually can be accomplished!

  1. I am going to lose weight this year! 

The most common resolution around! This vague resolution is negative for a lot of reasons. It does not specify how much weight is losing weight, so you never quite accomplish your goal. It also does not state how you are going to lose said weight. Try out one of these life style changes…

  1. I am going to eat my meals at the table not in my car.
  2. I am going to drink 64 oz of water a day.
  3. I am going to eat fruits and veggies with every meal
  4. I am going to eat fast food once a week (max)
  5. I am going to exercise for 20 minutes a day or 2 hours a week

Whatever the resolution, change it into a lifestyle change that #1 you can accomplish, #2 are willing to commit to forever, and #3 is clear and simple!

I will be back tomorrow with my lifestyle changes I am implementing this year over the next few months. We will focus on each one on my blog as I incorporate them into my life. Feel free to follow along this lifestyle change plan too!

That’s all for now folks! Have a safe and fun New Years Eve! See you in 2016! 🙂


My name is Emma Petshow and I am a 3rd year naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. For more about myself, check out my bio. This blog is intended for information about preventive health and lifestyle improvement. The information contained on this blog is not to be used as medical advice. For specific medical advice you should consult your physician.

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