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Happy Saturday everyone! I meant to post this yesterday, but it’s been a long week. From spending last weekend puking to starting the Whole 30, it’s been one heck of a week. This post originally appeared on Beyoutiful Beauty, but I figured with the new year and our Whole 30 challenge, now would be a good time to share it with you all.

How many of you out there have ever made a resolution to get healthy? Come on, I know I’m not the only.  Maybe “get healthy” isn’t your exact resolution, but I’m sure at least one point in your life losing weight, eating healthy, or exercising more was a personal goal of yours.  I’m posting today to tell you that having that goal is wrong.

Bold statement, but hear me out.  I believe this because I have made that resolution multiple times year round.  And guess what? I never really “got healthy”.  What I’ve gotten instead is the realization that not only are there multiple definitions to healthy but it is also not a goal, but a life long journey with challenges along the way.

Over my years of trying to “get healthy,” I’ve experienced lots of ups and downs. I went from drinking seven Cokes a day to none and back to one or two.  I’ve gone from dancing five hours a day to sitting in front of a desk all day.  I’ve gone from never eating McDonald’s to binge eating it for the sake of Monopoly pieces.  I’ve gone from never packing my lunch to eating every lunch at home.

Needless to say, it’s been a roller coaster.

Through all of those terrible terrible habits, I’ve learned that you don’t achieve the perfect healthy lifestyle then spend the rest of your life doing yoga and basking in the glory of your healthiness. It’s a commitment to the ups and downs of being human.  It’s knowing when it’s ok to have that dessert and not feel guilty about it.  It’s making yourself get up a little bit earlier to go on a short run.  It’s addressing your bad habit head on and working to replace it with a healthier habit.

I make no secret of it on my blog that I am not winning in the being healthy department.  I love Coke, fast food is always better than having to cook a meal, and getting up even earlier for anything is a pain in the butt.  But I forge ahead and pick my battles.  This week we started on the Whole 30 adventure and it’s our only healthy goal at the moment.  I’ll worry about becoming a yoga guru another day.  Here are five goals you can make instead of the very vague “get healthy” and take smaller steps to changing your lifestyle.

5 Resolutions Getter Than "Get Healthy"

Drink two bottles of water a day.

Just saying, “drink more water,” is not specific enough and doesn’t really encourage you to actually drink more water.  Find a water bottle you really like and keep it with you at all times. Or, if  you are like me and lose water bottles, designate two or three for specific areas. I have one water bottle I keep at my desk at work and it’s done wonders for getting me to drink more water.

Go to bed 30 minutes earlier every night.

I’m positive if everyone in the world got enough sleep most nights, world peace would be achieved.  Bad moods, human error, and the over-all feeling of crappiness can be fixed by getting more sleep at night, but deciding to go to bed earlier doesn’t make getting more sleep any easier. Go to bed just 30 minutes before the time you usually end up in bed and slowly work your way to the ideal bedtime.

Trade one unhealthy food for a healthier version.

It doesn’t have to be a huge swap, but using greek yogurt instead of sour cream makes a little difference.  Use Pinterest to your advantage and find the healthier version to your favorite dish. Lord knows the healthy alternative to everything in the world can be found on Pinterest.

Limit checking your email and social media.

Social media and email are so draining and don’t really bring much positivity to your day. I’m really bad about constantly checking email so I decided to only check on the hour. When I did that I felt much less distracted and much more focused on the task at hand.

Commit to moving every hour.

I don’t mean do something crazy like run a lap or do 50 burpees every hour, I mean stand up and do a loop around the office.  Walk to the copier and back or take a walk around the building.  We all know sitting all day is terrible for you.  Choose a time interval and commit to doing some sort of movement with each passing.

Don’t try and complete all the goals, instead pick one healthy habit to start and commit until you’re confident.  Being healthy isn’t about the number on the scale or the reflection in the mirror.  It’s a commitment to loving your body and providing it the food and maintenance it needs. Don’t try and throw yourself into a new healthy lifestyle, but instead focus on the little changes you need to make to create a better functioning you.

  • Such a good list! Having specific goals is always better than having general ones.

  • These are great tips. Goals have to be measurable! Moving every hour (with the help of my jawbone) and limiting social media are high priorities for me!

  • Funny how our most recent blog posts covered similar principles. Quantified goals are far easier to accomplish because they’re more objective. As long as we begin with an educated end in mind, we’re far more likely to succeed.

  • These are great alternatives to resolutions. I am not a fan of resolutions either, but I do love creating goals instead. Drinking more water and limiting checking email are great ones. Those are ones that I need to work on!

  • These are some really excellent tips! It really is the little things that lead to big changes — I think many people fail at their goals to get healthier because they try to do too much at once. I know it never works for me unless I take little steps at a time.