June: in a way, it’s like Wednesday in month form, only the warmer weather distracts us from its “hump-month” qualities. We’re just about halfway through 2012 (when did that happen?), and those pesky resolutions from January may feel like ancient history by now. Did you make any? Have you stuck to them? If not, what do you think got in the way – perceptions of time, resources, motivation?
According to a newly published study, two lifestyle changes in particular are significantly more sustainable than many others, and they happen to be simple changes at that: making a concerted effort to eat more fruits and vegetables, and dramatically reducing sedentary television time. What makes these goals so beautiful is their simplicity – you’re not biting off more than you can chew, they’re extremely specific in targeting some very measurable changes, and they don’t involve some sort of true lifestyle revolution to leave you feeling like you can’t be yourself anymore.
The study in question found that compared to traditional dieters, people who weren’t officially/traditionally dieting, but simply increasing fruit and veggie consumption and decreasing TV time were motivated to maintain that behavior long after financial compensation for the study ended. This emphasizes the importance of focusing on improving health over specifically losing weight, with the idea that the former will lead to the latter naturally. It’s also notable that the participants received a small amount of education and encouragement regarding these lifestyle changes in the beginning, highlighting the positive effects of even small amounts of support.
So if your New Year’s Resolution is collecting dust in the corner of your room as you try your best to forget it ever happened, maybe it’s because you were a little too ambitious. Maybe you just need to KISS: Keep It Stupid-Simple. These small changes, they can make a big difference, and they snowball with each other leading to added confidence as you achieve more and more of them, a little bit at a time. And just because it’s June and there will soon be less of 2012 ahead of us than there is behind, that doesn’t mean it’s too late. You, too, can make a mountain of successful changes, and all it takes is two little pebbles to get started.
What will your 2 summer pebbles of change be?
Jessica Serdikoff is the chief blogger behind Floptimism, a blog where Jessica shares deliciously inspiring recipes and tales of life as a nutrition student. Follow Floptimism on Facebook and Twitter.