Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 25, 2012


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New Year’s Resolutions

In the last post we talked about developing healthier eating habits a little at a time. Have a salad for lunch once or twice a week. Eat more fruits like strawberries or blueberries a couple of times a week. Each of these Resolutions leads to a more natural and healthy lifestyle. Even small changes will show on your face and your body. Let’s try just a couple more changes.

Before you leave the house, or even apply makeup,it is imporant put on sunscreen. How about this, instead of having to think about where your sunscreen is, store it  right where you keep the rest of your Bonne Foi face natural skin care products. Make it a part of your daily routine. Keep your Bonne Foi face wash right in the shower. Once you have rinsed off, and just before you get out of the shower, use the cleanser to wash your face.

Now, how about another small resolution? Just two mornings or evenings a week, go for a 10-minute walk. If you can do that for a month, and be consistent, you will feel good about yourself, and you will notice the walk gets easier and you will walk farther in those 10 minutes the longer you keep it up. If you do well with the 10-minute commitment, then you can bump it up to 20 minutes. Don’t worry about walking for several miles a day; start slowly and work your way up.

On the days you don’t walk, you can stretch for 10 minutes. Don’t do anything too strenuous, but simply sit down on the floor and put your feet out in front of you and stretch to your toes. If you can’t touch your toes when you first start out, don’t worry. Do not strain your back–just gently try to reach further and further. Then stand up and reach for the sky, move your arms out wide from your hips, reach to the sides and gently arc up until your hands are over your head. Then take your arms and gently stretch them back behind you. This will increase circulation to your upper body. Stretch down and touch your toes, let your arms dangle for a few seconds, and then gently reach back up towards the sky.

If you start with eating better just once or twice a week, and exercising once or twice a week, those will likely be Resolutions you can keep. If you like the feeling you get, you will be inclined to gradually increase the number of times you eat better, and the amount of time you exercise. Even if you don’t do more, it’s better than doing nothing.

They say it takes 21 days to make a new habit. It is so much easier on your self-esteem to make new habits that don’t disrupt your whole routine. You will find that you feel better mentally, and when you feel better, you look better. If you are unhappy with your life, no amount of skin care, surgery or cosmetics are going to make you look happy and glowing.