We are a few days away from a new year and now’s the time to set goals. If you’re like me then you probably have a basket of old goals in a corner. As a result, every year I attempt to battle 3 specific demons. Every year I attempt to battle the blues, bulge and budget. I know that in the past I was not realistic in my goal setting. In addition to being unrealistic in my planning, I return to familiar habits under stress. Therefore, I must develop a new way to fight and win this battle. I think I may have the answer, combine the effort and attack it as one goal.
Attack The Blues
Before I can focus on releasing weight or fixing my money I have to manage my depression. Depression is nothing to play with so if you felt blue for some time please see a counselor. Regular conversations with a therapist is essential and keeping your doctor in the loop is also important. The answer to fighting depression isn’t always medication. Web MD has an awesome article on 10 Natural Depression Treatments. The first four treatments are, get a routine, set goals, exercise and eat healthy. This is the perfect foundation for the battle plan.
Attack The Bulge
So, if you have a few pounds to lose or if you want to “eat healthy” then lets attack the meal plan. Using caffeine, sugar and comfort foods to manage stress is actually causing more stress on the body. Being “too busy to cook” consequently makes you too busy to be healthy. Listen, I know this for a fact because that’s my excuse for the last 15 years. Another big obstacle is having the money to eat well. Low quality funds often equals low quality food. Buzzfeed has a wonderful article on the 27 Ingenious Ways To Eat Healthy On A Budget. Eating right is half the battle. Weight release also requires exercise. I love the website Black Women Losing Weight. This site gives wonderful examples of personal weight loss journeys. The stories are very inspiring and worth the read.
Attack The Budget
Now that we have examples for managing the blues and the bulge let’s tackle the budget. First of all, you must know how much money you are making and spending per month. Once you write that out then focus on the amount of money you are spending on food and transportation. This is where the plan comes together. Hone in one including more walking, biking or public transportation to cut back on the monthly costs while adding exercise to your daily routine. Develop a meal plan using the suggestions in the Buzzfeed article to save money on groceries. This all sounds so simple right? Well, let’s put it all together in an action plan.
The Battle Plan
It is important that your plan include activities and goals that cover all three categories. Combining the blues, bulge and budget goals will make them more manageable. Finally, this is my plan but I would love to hear about your plan for the New Year. Please include your thoughts and plans in the comment section below.