Small changes, big transformations

Charity Simmons, Fitness Instructor

I was listening to the radio the other day, and the DJ was asking what was your fastest time for breaking your New Year’s resolution. I started to laugh. My husband and I had resolved to take more pictures this year. But on New Year’s Eve we went out and we forgot to get a picture of ourselves… failed!

Maybe making one resolution at New Year’s is not the answer.

Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Focus on making one small change at a time. Over time, all these small changes will add up to big transformations.

Every month pick one thing to change about yourself. Write it down so you see it every day: a sticky note on your bathroom mirror, a message that gets sent to you on your phone. Find a way to remind yourself so you don’t go to bed and then remember that you were going to be better today.

Be specific. If you are choosing to drink more water, how are you going to do it?

• Are you going to get yourself a water bottle?
• If you like it cold freeze it at night.
• There are apps on your phone that you can input every time you have a drink.
• After every cup of coffee chug a glass of water.

I like my water flavoured, but without artificial sweeteners. I bought a water bottle infuser. In the morning I fill it up with frozen berries, and then add my water to it. I refill my water bottle throughout the day. It only takes minutes for my water to have a berry flavor.

Maybe you want to eat more fruits and vegetables. If so, cut them up the night before so they are ready to go in the morning. Wraps, salads and stir fries are an easy way to get a lot of fruits and veggies into your diet.

I make a smoothie every morning before work. I use mostly frozen ingredients because I find it easier and cheaper. I put frozen spinach, butternut squash or carrots, banana and berries in my smoothies. There really are no rules. You can add dates, cinnamon, flax seed, hemp seed or anything else you can think of. Drinking this, I get three or four servings of fruits and vegetables before 8:00 am.

Every month choose a small change. If it becomes a habit, then keep it up and choose one more small change the next month. If it did not become a habit, carry it into the next month and ask yourself why didn’t it work and what you can do differently.

At the end of the year you might not have accomplished twelve small changes but you might have five to seven little things that add up to big transformations.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Gandhi