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Resolved New Year: 7 Intriguing Ideas You Can Commit To

This year is going to be different. Regardless of your past failures, become more determined than ever to keep your New Year’s Resolutions. Interestingly, you haven’t written down any objectives for next year just yet. If you can relate to this scenario, consider adopting the following seven, intriguing ideas you can commit to.

Eat More Fiber

If losing weight is usually at the top of your list of New Year’s Resolutions, strive to eat more fiber this year. Besides helping you feel full longer, fiber aids in the digestive process. Some great sources of this healthy substance include:

• Fruits

• Vegetables

• Whole grains

• Nuts

• Seeds

Stop Senseless Snacking

Do you often catch yourself eating potato chips, chocolates and candy, and other unhealthy foods when you’re not even hungry? In order to make your weight loss dreams a reality, stopping senseless snacking tendencies is crucial. Eat three balanced meals each day. Only indulge in a snack when you’re hungry. When you do snack, skip the prepackaged, processed foods. Instead, choose a low calorie treat that is high in fiber and protein.

Join a Gym

If your plans to workout always crumble, consider joining a gym. Investing money into fitness will likely make you more accountable. If you don’t visit the gym regularly, you’ll feel like you’re wasting your hard-earned money.

Become Better Organized

Is your home a danger zone due to clutter? If you desperately desire a more organized home, you might benefit from investing in a self-storage unit.  For instance, you can store seasonal items or decorations at facilities like Iron Gate Storage to open up space in your garage.  At your self-storage facility, you can store items you don’t need on a daily basis such as:

• Your wedding dress

• Unused furniture

• High school football trophies

• Automotive tools

Sleep More Soundly

If you routinely don’t get enough rest at night, commit to sleeping more soundly next year. To help you in this endeavor, stop consuming caffeine several hours before your bedtime. Exercise regularly. Limit your nighttime sugar intake. You may also need to make your bedroom darker by investing in new blinds or turning off an outside nightlight.

Stick to a Budget

If you’re drowning in debt, start preparing monthly and yearly budgets. To help you stick to your new frugal way of life, you might want to talk with others who are debt free. You may also wish to enroll in a personal finance course.

Vacation at Home

Do you look forward to your family’s annual vacation? Perhaps, you know you won’t have the time or money to go on a trip this year. If you must remain at home all year, plan a fun, economical vacation at home. Get the whole family involved in creating a unique adventure right at home.

For some people, creating New Year’s Resolutions is exciting. Unfortunately, many people struggle to keep them past the first few days of January. If you’re searching for life-changing goals you can commit to, try out the aforementioned seven ideas.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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