Little Changes, Big Results.

With the New Year comes big pressure to make new resolutions, lose weight, quit smoking, or otherwise “fix” whatever you think could be better in your life. But what if we were kinder and gentler to ourselves and instead, chose to make small changes… consistently?

Small changes, Big results.

I found this quote over at Carrots N Cake and it, along with her list of small changes was one thing that inspired me to write this post.  I think it’s SO much healthier to focus on tangible, relatively easy changes than to storm into the New Year with huge, sweeping, lofty goals that almost always set ourselves up for failure. I don’t mean that setting the bar high is a bad thing. I mean that you can tackle those big goals by actively making little adjustments and sticking with them!

Yes, I still have my 2015 Top Five Life List Items to shoot for this year, but I’m also going to work on living a little differently, one baby step at a time.

Peach’s Little Changes: 

  • Go to bed earlier. I’m usually an 11pm-midnight snoozer… which is probably the reason I’m such a caffeine addict!
  • Eat smarter. While strict Paleo doesn’t work for me, I can do much better in the “everything in moderation” category. Portion control is key!
  • Move my ass for 30 minutes, 5x a week. Whether it’s walking, running, yoga or strength training, I’m not consistent at all with my workouts. NOTE: this isn’t a weight loss goal (though that would be a nice side benefit)… this is a lifestyle goal.  And using my new Garmin Forerunner 15, it’s super easy to know how my progress is going. I love it!

Garmin GPS watch - Little Changes, Big Results.

  • Less clutter. Why can’t I be one of those people with a tidy home? Clutter seriously drives me crazy and I let it build up until I’m having a hissy fit about the state of the household. I need to be better with putting things where they go and getting rid of junk mail immediately!
  • Read more.  I’m such a booknerd, but often find that I’m so wrapped up in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc that I won’t put the damn phone down to pick up an actual book or my Kindle. So I made myself a goal on GoodReads for 2015 to read 20 books. I *know* I can beat that, easily.  My favorite “me time” is any time I’m curled up with a good book. More of this, please.

How about you? What little changes are you going to make this year to get big results? 


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Little Changes, Big Results.

5 Responses

  1. I loooove my Garmin. I have the same one as you and it’s fabulous. Yay for 2015 goals :)

    Sam Merel January 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm #
    • Hubby calls it my “1980’s watch” but I don’t care. I love the lap times, knowing my pace as I’m running and the step count per day. :) Yay is right!

      50Peach January 9, 2015 at 10:57 am #
  2. I love this post. I’m trying something similar. My big goal is to workout everyday, whether that is running, a long walk, yoga, dancing around my house or trying a new class. Of course, I will keep that balanced between more intense and more restorative workouts but I just want to move every day. I’m also trying to pay more attention to carbs and sugar. I’ve never been a sweet tooth person so avoiding baked goods, etc., has never been my problem, but I’m just trying to be more mindful of where hidden sugars show up in foods where you wouldn’t necessarily expect them to be. My other big goal, other than finding a permanent job, is to practice better patience. I want things to happen on my time, not necessarily when they are supposed to happen. So, along with meditation and just taking deep breaths, I’m really working on living in the moment and accepting today, every day for all of its wonderful gifts.
    Best of luck to you in all your 2015 goals, Peach.
    You’re amazing!!!

    Anne Marie January 9, 2015 at 9:59 am #
    • You go, girl!! I’m envious of your lack of sweet tooth. I’ll try to channel yours as I fight my late night sweet urges. But wow, your goal of practicing better patience… YES, friend. It is so difficult to let go and accept that some things will happen in their own time – not when we want them to. But FWIW, I’m loving seeing you live your life, fully and gracefully, and I know amazing things are coming. YOU are incredible. xox

      50Peach January 9, 2015 at 11:00 am #
  3. Awe, girl! I just saw your comment. Thanks so much!! I can’t tell you how helpful it is knowing I have all these amazing women in my corner. Hugs!!!

    Anne Marie January 14, 2015 at 10:05 am #

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