I know, we're thinking it, too. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?! 2021 is almost over and 2022 is rushing in whether we're ready or not. It seems scary that a whole year could fly by this quickly, but at ZoLi HQ we are taking it as an opportunity to freshen up our resolutions and reset.
To celebrate, we wanted to share our own resolutions with you along with tips and tricks to keep your resolutions all year long! Let's hop in!
Juli's 2022 Resolution:
In 2021, Juli wants to spend at least 30 minutes outside every day! In 2021, we all found ourselves staying at home again and getting outside could be a bit of a struggle at times. Whether it's going for a run, walking the dogs, or enjoying the view, we think that 30 minutes of outdoor time is a great goal! We are wishing for some beautiful weather to help Juli achieve her goal and enjoy the great outdoors rain, shine, or snow ❄️ ☀️ 🌧
Chet's 2022 Resolution:
Chet's resolution for 2022 is one that benefits the whole household! He would like to cook dinner from scratch for his family at least once a week. We love this goal for so many reasons! It benefits others, encourages dining in with the whole family, and has measurable progress that can be checked in on throughout the year. Good luck and Bon Appètit, Chet!
Chris's 2022 Resolution:
Chris also wanted a health-related resolution this year! His goal is to eat out less and cook more meals at home. I think that we can all relate to this goal with restaurants making it so easy to pick up nowadays!
Kristin's 2022 Resolution:
And then there's me, Kristin! I never keep new years resolutions so this year I am I am scouring the internet and books on HOW to keep resolutions and sharing it all with you below in one place!
This year, I want to be able to do ✨ at least ✨ one pull-up and to be able to crack an egg with one hand. But, you know, like it's nothing... like a super casual, one-handed crack while hardly looking at the pan.
Now that you've heard all of our resolutions and may have found some inspiration for your own, I have some tips and ideas on how to make sure that you stick to whatever you choose!
Make your goals measurable:
While setting general goals like "work out more" or "eat more vegetables" may seem like an easier route to take, choosing a goal that can be measured keeps you on track. Try modifying your goal to be more narrow.
For example, if you want to work out more, try changing your goal to working out three times a week, or setting a physical milestone like being able to do 20 pushups. If you want to eat more vegetables, change your goal to eating vegetables with one meal every day, or being vegetarian every Monday.
Make a Pros and Cons List
At some point during the year, we will all find ourselves second guessing our goals. Is it really worth making a fool of myself at the gym while Arnold Schwarzenegger's doppelgänger waits impatiently for me to finish with the equipment he's waiting for?
If you anticipate this sort of doubt arising, make a pros and cons list in advance! When you consider giving up, reference your list for motivation. (and feel free to add to the list whenever you'd like)
For example, the gym resolution could have a pros and cons list that starts a little like this:
I will feel proud of myself once I've finished
I will feel more energized after the gym if I do go.
This is a good excuse for a little "me time" after a long day
I will be disappointed in myself later on if I don't go
I will probably feel even more tired if I skip the gym today
I will have more time to finish chores and cook dinner if I don't go
The important thing to remember about a pros and cons list is that some days, the cons outweigh the pros and that's okay! This list is meant to be a check-in with yourself to make sure that you won't regret skipping a day of your resolution or getting slightly off track. (which is a perfect segue into our next tip!)
Don't Beat Yourself Up and Keep Trying
Obsessing over your goal may keep you going at the beginning of the year, but it's impossible to keep that sort of zeal up for 12 months! If you find yourself completely out of steam when it comes to your resolution by March, that's okay and normal! You can always start over again. My advice would be to start with 24 hours. If you look at a goal in smaller increments and take it one day at a time, before you know it you'll be back on track!
Set Milestones and Reward Yourself
Now, to be clear here - rewarding yourself doesn't necessarily mean eating out for a week straight as a prize for making dinner at home for a month. More specifically, your reward doesn't have to be the opposite of your goal. You can reward yourself with something that makes you even more excited to keep your resolution up!
For example, you could get yourself that fancy cast iron pot you've been wanting as a reward for cooking from scratch for a month. Or finally get those workout clothes you've been wanting after hitting a health goal! Make sure it's something that brings you joy (even if it's just taking a night off and enjoying a stroll)
We hope that these little tricks are helpful in your 2022 goals and would love to hear your resolutions in the comments below! Happy New Year!
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