Need a little help setting a resolution that will last this year? We’re here to help! Throughout the month we will be sharing healthy resolutions from our team members, community members, and a few nutrition and health experts along the way. Want to share your New Year’s resolution with us? Send us your answers to the questions below and we’ll share your resolution with the rest of the Around the Plate community!
Meet Giselle Schroer, a healthy eating champion here at Around the Plate! She’s a stay at home mom who loves to workout, cook, clean, organize, plan and create. She’s pretty active and hopes to teach her son how to live and eat healthy through example. You can learn more about Giselle and her life by following her blog, My Healthy Happy Home. You can also follow her on Twitter.
AtP: This year, my resolution is to:
Giselle: be present. Be present as a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a granddaughter, a cousin, a homemaker, and a blogger. For me, this is a big one and related with finding balance as well. By striving to be present in each of these roles or relationships I have, I hope to find balance in my busy life.
AtP: Do you expect to encounter any obstacles in achieving your New Year’s Resolution? How do you plan to overcome them?
Giselle: Of course! Obstacles are a given in any challenge you accept or participate in. They are stepping stones in reaching your goal and I believe are there as a learning lesson. For me, overcoming obstacles is a challenge in itself and I welcome them as I know they will only make me a stronger, better person.
AtP: What’s your first step towards achieving your goal this year?
Giselle: Step away from technology, which is ironic as I sit on my laptop typing this. Turning off the computer when my son is awake and playing with him. Turning off the TV while my husband and I enjoy dinner together. Spending less time on Instagram and Twitter and more time calling my family and friends to catch up. We live in a technological society that I believe can have a negative impact on human relationships. What happens if one day technology is ceased? Who will you have if you spend all your time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, watching TV, playing video games, etc? Turning it off and focusing on real human contact is my first step towards being present.
AtP: How do you plan to keep yourself accountable? Do you have an accountability partner?
Giselle: My husband and I set goals each year and post them on our bathroom mirror where we can be reminded of them daily. I also blog about my goals at http://www.myhealthyhappyhome.com which is a great way to hold myself accountable.
AtP: What advice do you have for someone else who is looking to set a New Year’s resolution?
Giselle: Set smaller, more attainable goals. Setting huge goals with high expectations sets yourself up for failure. Share your goals with others and write them down somewhere that you can be reminded of them daily. If you want to stop eating junk food, post your goal on your pantry. Want to workout more? Put a daily alarm or reminder in your phone. Find some way to be reminded of your goals often.