Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Mindset Changes

Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Mindset Changes

We are a week into the new year. How are those resolutions holding up? The tradition of setting resolutions has become somewhat of a ritual. A bad habit we swear to end. A new routine we vow to begin. Yet, more often than not, these resolutions fade into the background by February, leaving us with a sense of disappointment. 

But what if we stopped making resolutions and instead focused on making genuine mindset changes to bring about lasting positive life transformations? 

Typical Resolution #1: Start working out

Take, for instance, the common resolution to work out more or start a new exercise routine. Why do you want to do this? Is it because you want to get in shape to look good in a bathing suit? Is it because you want to fit into that slinky dress for your next birthday? If you are fixated on these short-term goals, it is almost certain your gym membership will become another wasted monthly bill. While the thought of looking like a supermodel is aspirational, it is unattainable to most of us. And if you do manage to rock that itty-bitty, pre-baby bikini, what happens after that?

Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Mindset Changes

Rethink your why

Shift your mindset towards long-term benefits. Your health will improve. Your stamina will increase. Your energy levels will soar. You will be able to keep up with those wild kiddos running around the park, or actually want to take them for a walk. 

Typical Resolution #2: Go on a Diet

You swear to lose a few pounds (or, let’s face it, maybe a lot) to get to your “ideal weight.” You’ve been scrolling the viral TikTok diets over Christmas break, vowing the Little Debbie Christmas Tree you found smashed at the bottom of your kid’s backpack is the last junk food you are going to eat. Come January 1, the diet starts.

Ditch the diet.

Diets may work in the short term, but they aren’t meant to last forever. They are a quick fix to lose weight, and often, the fad diet everyone is swearing by just isn’t good for all body types. And if that diet isn’t working for you, then you will likely give up. Make a lifestyle change instead. Make a conscious effort to eat more whole foods, lower your sugar intake, and be mindful of when you are actually hungry.   Don’t Make Resolutions, Make Mindset Changes

Eating quality, unprocessed foods will improve your physical well-being, restore your gut, and stave off sickness. This means fewer doctor visits, less OTC medication (that kills your gut btw), and an overall improved quality of life. You will sleep deeper, have more energy, find that motivation you need to help you finish never-ending tasks. 

Making positive lifestyle changes is a commitment. It’s not easy, but it is oh so worth it. And if you lose a few pounds in the meantime, well, that’s just icing on the cake (see what I did there?).

So what is your mindset change this year?

Alexis Marino
Alexis and her husband moved to Lafayette in 2019 when she was 5 months pregnant with their first child. Now, they live in Broussard with their 4-year-old son, Cam, and 2-year-old daughter, Marlo. Having grown up in New Orleans and living in Baton Rouge for over a decade, Alexis is happiest on this side of the Basin. Alexis loves all things Acadiana - from the never-ending events and festivals to the vibrant culture. She is the content specialist for a local startup and a contributing writer for Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine. When she isn't interviewing locals or brainstorming her next article, Alexis is most likely reading about nutrition and healthy living, having a dance (or paint) party with her kids, or sending her husband links to vacant lots (probably out of their budget) to build her dream home. Follow Alexis on Instagram.


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