Good intentions sinking under the weight of reality? Call on your resolve and inner angel to keep you on the up-and-up.
New Year’s resolutions are easier to honor when they’re new. As the novelty of change wears off and the excuses creep in, it’s slump time on the old resolutions front. Happens every year. Get over the hump by listening to the angel on the one shoulder and ignoring the devil on the other. If nothing else, be entertained by the exchange.
Resolution: Eat More Healthfully
The devil says: You’re fine! It’s only junk food if you get it at a fast-food joint.
The angel says: Cooking equals control. Find healthy-recipes you can trust, and follow them. As you open your mouth, simultaneously open your mind. Pretty good, huh?
Resolution: Quit Smoking
The devil says: This is just too hard. You don’t have the willpower.
The angel says: You’re not using your willpower to abstain from a treat; you’re freeing yourself from being a slave to a tyrant. You’ll smell better, save money, feel healthier and be more pleasant to kiss.
Resolution: Listen Better
The devil says: Sorry, what?
The angel says: Your monologue about your commute is endlessly fascinating but, just a thought here, your audience might be more engaged if you pause now and then to inquire about their day.
Resolution: Eat More Veggies
The devil says: But … yuck!
The angel says: Adding veggies to your diet doesn’t have to mean force-feeding yourself salad greens. Get out the blender and whirl yourself a veggie-loaded but still sweet-as-sunshine smoothie. After all, smoothies are really just milkshakes in disguise.
Resolution: Wash Your Hands
The devil says: Your hands look perfectly clean to me. All that soap really dries the skin!
The angel says: Dry skin is a walk in the park compared to catching the crud. No better reason exists for slathering on some of that nice hand lotion you got for Christmas.
Resolution: Eat Breakfast
The devil says: But that’s time I could spend sleeping!
The angel says: Cereal bars, almond butter with banana or refrigerator oatmeal prepped the night before all get the breakfast job done without sacrificing any of those last precious moments in bed.
Resolution: Drive by the Drive-Thru
The devil says: It’s late, you’re tired and you work hard. Stop off for a burger, and call it a dinner and a day.
The angel says: With just a little forethought, weeknight dinners can be as simple as firing up the slow cooker and letting it have its way with a fragrant soup or stew.
Resolution: Be Happy
The devil says: What, and go outside my comfort zone of delicious disgruntlement?
The angel says: Happiness is good for your health, your relationships and your quality of life. Surely there’s some little thing or two or 10 that made you happy today. Notice them, and watch your happiness accumulate.