43 Resolutions to Get the Body (and Mind) You Want in the New Year

Written By


Expert Reviewed By

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.


It’s funny how Christmas has not even occurred yet, and we are already talking the New Year.


Just like when the stores break out the Halloween décor before the first day of school, or the Christmas trees magically come on November 1st (before all the candy sugar is out of your system)…


  • Gyms are already softly advertising their “New Year’s gym specials”
  • E-mail newsletter campaigns of various nutritionist and fitness programs and experts are filing into my inbox (advertising various ‘New Year’s bikini programs’ and healthy-eating challenges)
  • Ninja blenders are on sale on TV infomercials (Juice cleanse anyone?)
  • New spins on programs—like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, P90X and NutriSystem are preparing to UNLEASH
  • And many Americans are already resolving what’s going to change come January 1: their goals


What about you?


What are you looking forward to in the New Year?


What are you already thinking needs to change?


If you’re like most Americans (approximately 70 %), those goals have something to do with your health and wellness–especially after all the hype around the holidays (and fear) about weight gain.


(Fact: Contrary to popular belief, the average weight gain during the holidays is ONLY 1-pound).

Nevertheless, there is no getting around our society’s hyper-focus on weight and body issue.


Like most years, “lose weight” and “Stay fit and healthy” were the top two goals at the turn of the New Year in 2015, and predictably, will be the top goals for 2016 as well.


However, unfortunately, before the action plans and New Year even starts, we are also informed of the harsh reality that the majority of people do NOT stick to those goals.


(For example, 43% of Americans said they planned to lose weight by making healthier food choices in 2014, but 76% admitted they did not follow a weight loss or diet program).


In other words: Old habits die hard.


In light of the fast-approaching new year (and your desires to feel better after your hiatus from the gym, holiday egg nog and sugary pumpkin pie hangovers), why not plan to do things a little differently this year (and actually experience some success?).


Yes, I’m talking to you.

While the strict meal plans and the Bikini BODY programs and 30-day juice cleanses all may seem sexy on the outside, or a ‘way to get the job done’, unfortunately…after your 30 days is up…old habits still die hard.


As you begin to think and prepare for what’s to come post-Christmas…this year, Why not, instead of swearing up and own that you will:

  • ‘Be super strict’
  • Go 100% paleo
  • Lose the 5 lbs. you’ve been meaning to lose
  • Fit into your old jeans better
  • Start lifting weights
  • Commit to a gym at least 3 days per week
  • Try harder
  • Get ‘healthier’ (this one is a super vague goal)


You instead committed to ONE goal?: Taking care of your body.


Here are 43 resolutions to consider—and get inspired.


  1. I will ditch the scale—I am damned if I do step on it, and damned if I don’t (never satisfied either way).


  1. I choose to nourish my body with real, whole foods my body was intended to thrive upon.


  1. I will eat a piece of chocolate when I want to—and not feel guilty about it.


  1. I will delete My Fitness Pal App—counting calories only makes me more obsessed with what I am eating.



  1. I will stop looking to fitness and health magazines (with the same stories, different cover model) as my Gospel or Biblical truth.


  1. I will engage in fitness that MOVES ME—makes me come alive.


  1. Instead of comparing myself to other girls on my Instagram or Facebook, I will choose to celebrate the unique and amazing lives others are leading.
  2. I will clean out my closet and donate every piece of clothing that I keep promising myself “one day, I will fit into it”


  1. And, on top of that, I’ll even get rid of the clothes that I hardly ever wear and donate them to charity—It’s just taking up space



  1. Instead of forcing myself to go to the gym when I don’t want to, I will check in with my body and ask it what it wants (a walk with a friend? A yoga class? A bootcamp or home workout? Nothing at all that day?)


  1. I choose to view fitness as a lifestyle (not an ultimatum that I have to do every day). It is LINEAR and if I don’t get to it today, it will be there tomorrow.


  1. I will eat a variety of fresh fruits and veggies—the more color the better! Nutrients!


  1. I will not fear fats—knowing butter, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, avocados, and more are necessary for my brain health, digestion, hormones and more.


  1. I will eat the yolks—they just taste better!


  1. I will take a probiotic or eat fermented foods daily for a healthy gut!


  1. I will stop saying ‘YES’ to everyone and everything in order to please others. I will check in with myself and assess if the answer is truly a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’


  1. I will quit believing that I earn a gold star for eating “less calories” or “burning more calories” on the treadmill or elliptical.


  1. I will stop correlating my morals with what I eat. (I am neither a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ person based on my dietary decisions)


  1. On that note, I will stop labeling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’


  1. I will focus more on how food makes me feel, rather than what I ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t eat’ (I may very well feel amazing when I eat oats in the morning, even though they are a grain; or I may not feel great when I make myself drink a protein shake—despite them being ‘healthy’ for me after a workout)


  1. I will look in the mirror every morning and say ‘Hello gorgeous’—even if I don’t believe it at first


  1. I will ask myself: What would healthy me do? (the healthy me I want to be) When I feel conflicted about what choices to make around my food or fitness.


  1. I will stop subscribing and consuming media that makes me feel worse or self-conscious about my body (particular fitness and beauty magazines, some bloggers or fitness identities I follow, eating a steady diet of people’s fitness/body selfies on my Instagram, etc.)


  1. I’ll keep an open mind to how society’s outside messages, pressures and standards impact me


  1. I’ll choose to focus more on lifting others up and being a light to this world—rather than being consumed with myself or my body


  1. I’ll spread messages of affirmation to others—heck, even compliment others for the beauty they offer to the world


  1. I’ll explore new ways of taking care of my body—from consulting with a Nutrition Therapist, massage, yoga, acupuncture, a regular pedicure appointment, or even considering my own custom-designed Thrive Life plan for thriving in my own life


  1. I’ll stop feeling guilty for occasionally splurging on myself


  1. I’ll use my voice to speak up to the demons and inner critic that has been with me for YEARS


  1. I will stop being so indecisive and just make a decision gosh darn it when I feel conflicted


  1. Instead of worrying, I will pray or meditate, and RELEASE


  1. Instead of stuffing my stress, I will talk about it, address it, face it, cope with it in a healthy way.


  1. I choose to engage in exercise that makes me smile and excited (if nothing makes me excited right now, I will find what does).


  1. I will ASK when I don’t know the answer to a question or need some help or guidance.


  1. Instead of dwelling or fixating on the past (i.e. pictures from highschool, ‘when I was healthier’ or happier, etc.), I will choose to live in the present.


  1. I’ll quit the negative talk about my body.


  1. I will stop judging myself so harshly—I will treat myself like I would want to be treated.


  1. When grocery shopping, I’ll shop the perimeter of the store for the majority of my foods.


  1. I will try one new nourishing recipe each week.


  1. I will quit basing my decisions for what I eat based on the ‘lowest calorie’ option.


  1. Instead of reading the nutrition label on every product I come across, I will choose to focus more on eating a balance of real foods—knowing the best foods for me aren’t labeled anyways.


  1. I will STOP SETTLING and watching life pass me by. I will start experiencing it.


  1. I will devote my heart and soul to following my passions.



This year is YOUR year to do something different and actually experience the long-term success that comes when our mindsets are fixed on being kind to ourselves.


And if you’re looking for some guidance in doing just that, connect with me at Thrive today. I started Thrive Wellness & Recovery out of my personal life mission to empower girls and women to discovering what it means to thrive in their own lives!


Heal, restore and improve your health and your body. Break up with your inner critic. Stop wishing for change—and start experiencing it. Uncover and discover the things in this life you were meant to do.


Change your body. Change your mind. Change your life.


Connect with me today for a free consult and let’s chat YOU! (your goals, dreams, vision, and things in your life holding you back).


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