So I find it funny how the human brain is so smart that it slips things by that YOU don’t even realize. Just until someone points it out. For instance, habits. Whether big or small, we never truly realize how much we do something until someone points it out for us. Before I left for college I was probably one of the laziest people you could ever have met. I would push off cleaning the dishes, even if it was a cup and a plate! Once I got to college, that little sink area was so small that I couldn’t let just one cup sit there because it would get in the way. So I just cleaned my stuff once I was done with it. Then it turned into making my bed every morning, cleaning off my desk, keeping my stuff tidy and in order. It is funny because I would not have done those things at home with my parents there. They would get it. Now that I am on my own though, I realize that it is time to be responsible and do things for myself. Now that I am back home, I find myself keeping up those cleanly habits. I wake up and water my plant, clean whatever dishes are left. I actually cook my food instead of finding something that takes 2 minutes to re-heat. Every now and then it is okay to be a child and let your parents do some things and take care of you, but you also have to learn to be responsible even if it is just cleaning up after yourself. Now it urks me when I leave dishes in the sink for long than an hour. It’s weird, but it makes me realize how my parents feel when I used to leave them there all day. Little habits are sometimes a good thing.
When there is a new year, there are always resolutions, goals, and many shelves full of workout and weight loss things. When I tell you my goals, do not roll your eyes, instead really look at how little they are. I do not set huge goals that I know I cannot achieve.
Do at least 15 minutes of yoga everyday.
I have been doing fantastic with this so far. I love feeling rejuvenated and stretched out for the day. Not to mention, it is a great workout depending on some yoga techniques.
Read one book a month.
I have faith that I can do this because I am an avid reader. I already started on A Separate Piece by John Knowles for the month.
Eat a banana every morning and with a protein shake.
I am doing this now and it’s an easy breakfast and it fills you up too! The protein shake helps with my yoga, alertness, and workouts. Bananas help speed up your metabolism and not to mention, lots of potassium.
Wake up at 5 A.M. every day.
You’re probably looking at the screen like “WHAT? Crazy!”. I assure you it is not that bad. This morning is my second day doing it and I feel more ready to take on the day. I get a lot more done in the morning and it gives me some quiet time since my roommate is asleep. The only sacrifice is staying up late. I have to be in bed by 10. Preferably asleep but, we’ll be getting to that point as long as I keep waking up at 5 A.M.
Study at least one hour a day.
They say one hour in itself is a major help. Why not try it for this semester?
Drink 3 bottles of water a day.
I tend to drink 2, but with this goal adding another helps me big time.
There you go.
Those aren’t far-fetched are they? I don’t think so. If you set small goals for yourself every month, every week, every day, you will see a major improvement because those are easier to achieve than saying, “I will lose 40 pounds by June”. That can be far-fetched.