I immediately stop reading posts like this that say things like, “quell your cravings with X,” or “exercise every day” because let’s be honest: not gonna happen. Instead, how about some things you actually WANT to follow through on? Let’s do this!

Eat a cookie! I have to roll my eyes every time I see articles touting ways to control cravings and keep yourself away from indulgences. To that I just have to say, HELL NO. Listen, one cookie isn’t going to kill you, it’s not going to ruin your healthy eating habits, and it definitely won’t make you put on weight. Please, stop obsessing over your food and allow yourself whatever brings you joy.
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Gain some weight!  Muscle weight that is.  A smaller number on the scale isn’t the most important thing to focus on because above ALL, you want to be healthy and strong. So don’t be afraid to see a slight upward change on the scale when you start exercising. (LINK TO MUSCLE BUILDING CLASS)
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Cry a little.  Deal with those hidden emotional issues, face them head on and get a good cry in when you need it.  You’ll feel much lighter, clearer, and more confident which will help you achieve your other goals this year.

Skip the Gym!  Let’s be honest: we all know that the gyms are packed the first month of the year and empty after that. Don’t fall into the same old routine just to feel bad every time you check your bank account and see that the gym membership you never you used is still charging you because you don’t have the guts to cancel it. After all, he who has a gym membership is healthier than he who does not. – Confucius might have said this. Instead skip the gym membership and start simple. You don’t need 100 machines and 2000 lbs of free weights to get healthy.  Start a small but consistent home routine. Maybe it’s 50 daily pushups and a walk or, oh, I don’t know, an online yoga class 😉

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Be antisocial!  Sure, it’s good to spend time with family and friends, but it’s also good to spend time with yourself.  Take an hour a day or a couple days a week that are reserved for you. You can do anything you like, and if you have no clue what to do, a nice meditation is always a good idea. Just make sure there’s no interruptions, calls, texts, or e-mails.  You’re off the grid during this time.
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Don’t quit smoking quite yet. Let me explain. Can I first emphasize that I really wish you’d quit? I’ve never been a smoker, but I know it’s a tough habit to break. I’m not advocating that you shouldn’t quit, but do you know who’s healthier than someone who smokes a pack a day? Someone who smokes half a pack a day!  Don’t get me wrong, if you’re one of the iron-willed few that can quit overnight, more power to you. But most of the time you have to get better before you get best. So drop those cigarette breaks one at a time and hopefully next year you’ll be down to zero packs a day 😉 EDIT: I got a wonderful comment from a fellow Bad Yogi and she has a great perspective on this. “Though I agree on 90% of what you say on this post, as an exsmoker I really have to tell you this: Cutting down makes it way harder to quit, at least for a huge number of people. The reason is that if you tell yourself you’re only allowed to smoke X cigarettes, it will take no time for you to romanticize those instead of seeing them as what they truly are. Please, please, please, change this advice. Help others quit.”

Spend money intentionally! We all know that sinking feeling we get in our stomachs when our bank sends us an e-mail. But this year, instead of letting money slip through your fingers, spend it intentionally and consciously. Appreciate everything that it affords you, from the roof over your head to the pack of gum at the gas station. When you spend money intentionally you’ll be surprised how much more you value what you have and how much more you value your money. And hey, it might just make you want to same some of it for later 😉

Stress out! Stress isn’t always a bad thing. Stress is a normal response our bodies go through when we sense a danger of some kind. Forcing yourself to sit down and repeat “I’m not stressed” a hundred times won’t cut it.  Allow yourself to have controlled moments of stress. These moments have a beginning, and more importantly, an end. So, when your moment is done start looking for solutions! The worst thing about stress isn’t that it exists, it’s that it lingers and permeates all aspects of our lives. But not this year! Allow it to happen, recognize it, manage it, then do what you gotta do!
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Enjoy a glass. Sure, the 4 glasses of wine you pounded back over Christmas dinner probably wasn’t the best idea, but it doesn’t mean there’s no room for it in your life. Enjoy a glass of wine, whiskey or a beer every once in a while.  But NO passive drinking. If you’re going to have a drink, enjoy it, make it the feature of that moment, but don’t just use it to be doing something while you’re not talking to anyone at the bar. If you do slip up and have a few too many, I’ve got a great yoga class for hangovers 😉

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Don’t worry about travel. I’m not saying not to travel at all, but chances are you haven’t completely explored your own neck of the woods. Try seeing your city or town through the eyes of a tourist.  You might just find some pretty cool ways enjoy your own home.

Over to you! Do you have any Bad Yogi resolutions to add to the list? What are you setting out to accomplish this year? Do you take a “kind” approach to your goals or do you go full throttle?

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