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Making realistic resolutions for 2019

Oh My God folks, it is 2 days into 2019 and I am exhausted looking at all the resolutions and goals online! So far I should be eating Vegan for January, or starting Whole 30, or buying a Gym Pass, going back to school, revamping my wardrobe, cleaning out my closets, giving up caffeine (no freaking way!) and alcohol and the list drones on and on. No, NO, NO!!!!! If you feel the need to do any of the above, wonderful, I applaud you, but to be honest, January is just another month. It is the prologue to your 2019, but it doesn’t define your entire year. Everyday is a new day, everyday you make a choice to make good decisions, or decisions you may eventually regret, and that my friends is called life and learning from life's experiences.

“On New Year's Eve the whole world celebrates the fact that a date changes.

Let us celebrate the dates on which we change the world.”
-Akilnathan Logeswaran

Let’s make a goal this year to make attainable goals and resolutions, things like:

*I will add more fruits and vegetables into my meals, I will aim for 4-5 servings and will do this through at least one big salad a day and a smoothie for breakfast or a snack. This is a healthy approach to eating, you shouldn’t ever starve yourself, you should fuel yourself and you should also treat yourself. Down with diets and quick approaches to weight loss in 2019, down with intuitive eating and all these fad words, eat to fuel yourself, do not listen to the lies your eating disorders tell you, you are worthy of good, healthy, nourishing food and satiated hunger!

“For a change, don't add new things in your life as a new year's resolution. Instead, do more of what's already working for you and stop doing things that are time-waste.” -Salil Jha

*Working out is amazing, I find that it does wonders for my physical and mental well being, but that doesn’t mean you have to join a gym! I have been the gym route, I have done specialized fitness, Yoga, personal training, group training, basically there is a whole lot out there and there is so much to try! Right now, I am working out in my garage and doing what I want and right now my legs are SORE! The point is, find what works for you, not what is on sale, not what your friends are doing, find what you like to do, because at the end of the day, that is what is important. People are going to sign up for the gym this much and the gym is going to collect a tidy profit and chances are, most people will only go for the month of January, if that. So if getting out of the house is too hard, sign up for a fitness channel, they have them for just about every type of fitness, thank you 2019 for this miracle of technology!

“For a change, don't add new things in your life as a new year's resolution. Instead, do more of what's already working for you and stop doing things that are time-waste.” -Salil Jha

*Be the change you want to see. This year, focus outward as well as inward. What are somethings that you can do to better the world? Start small and close. If you have some extra time on your hands, volunteer at a school to be a reading helper, or copy worksheets for teachers. Or just buy lunch for the teachers and admins and drop it off for a special treat. Ask at your place of worship if there is a family/families in need and offer to be their secret helper. See if your local schools, especially middle and high school has a needs closet. They are often in need of food and hygiene items that you can pick up and then easily drop off. Doing something for others soothes a place in your soul that is really quite unforgettable.

“I resolve to write a new chapter of my life every new day in the New Year.”
-Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

*This year I will put my mental and physical health first. Get your checkups down, go to your dentist, see a therapist. There is no excuse not to, not even lack of insurance. There are clinics and schools that offer a deep discount, even if you have to save up to do this, do it. Your mental and physical health should be a top priority, you cannot pour from an empty pitcher, which means if you are not feeling well and your body and mind are not at their best, everything in your life will suffer. That is a fact.

“Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.” -Neil Gaiman

Wishing you all the best-Team SG

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