Plan for Your New Year’s Resolution Today!

Davey's New Year's resolution is to eat less red meat. What is yours?

2012 is just around the corner, and so it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. While we can resolve to live healthier each and every day, there’s no better time to renew that commitment than the start of a new calendar year.

In planning for a New Year’s resolution, I follow 9 guidelines including writing my resolution down on paper (this makes it seem more official), articulating why my resolution really matters and shifting my focus to the changes that I need to make.

Today, I decided on my resolution for 2012. I will limit my consumption of red meat to two meals per week.

In a lot of ways, red meat is my go-to meal. Hamburgers are quick, easy and delicious – and they help me reach my daily protein requirements. Not to mention the meatballs, meatloaf and steak. But red meat is notoriously bad for the environment and rich in unhealthy fats. This resolution is important to me because it will help improve the health of both my physical body and my extended body (this planet).

Rather than just focusing on the resolution (i.e., 2 red meat meals or less each week), it makes sense to focus on the changes that are required. When shopping, I’ll replace my beef purchases (like ground beef) with poultry (like ground turkey). Moreover, I’ll need to explore and learn new recipes with leaner alternatives. These are the steps that I need to take.

With just over a week to go, what resolutions are you considering for 2012? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll send three random commentators a free copy of my Ultimate Guide to Working Out to help kick things off.

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Comments

  1. Kevin Organ says:

    I’m going to go to the gym more often after Christmas. I put off going to the gym due to my college exams and let my health slip which is pretty bad for me as I get a lot of leg and back cramps and the exercise was really helping. My resolution is to go 3 times a week and i’m gonna get some friends to come too so we can help each other get fitter. Also the guide to working out would really help things if you decided to give it to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I always make a lit of resolutions, and lately they’ve been incorporating more fun in them as well as the goals I set for myself. One goal is to listen to my body better and do what it’s telling me. I’ve found that certain foods, or amounts of food, or drinking too much alcohol have all contributed to me feeling lousy – bloated, queasy, generally unhappy. I know what needs to be done, and I need to start doing it! Another resolution is to pursue a creative interest – maybe take a class in sewing or woodworking. Actually, I can’t wait tol get started on these things!

  3. I’m going to try something completely new once a week for 52 weeks, whether it’s a new workout, a new hobby or a new healthy recipe. I’m also going to continue doing everything I can to make a positive impact on the LGBTQ community with aNoteToMyKid.com. Check it out, Davey, when you have a chance. I think you’ll like what you see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oscar Castillo Jr. says:

    Add protein. I am a Lacto-ovo-vegetarian. So I do not get the protein in my diet as I should. Although I never have felt healthier, I still feel as if I am lacking something.

    End soda consumption. There are to many times I have water as a choice, I opt out and get something carbonated. I want a body like a greek god. Mind as well start drinking water(and/or alcohol) like the greeks did.:/

    The gym. How sad is it that I pass my 24 hour gym on my way to and from work and do not stop in? Stop making excuses and go already!

  5. WereGrouch says:

    Why limit red meat? Limit BEEF intake instead, and go for protein rich, lower fat choices such as ostrich and venison.
    My resolutions are to keep working with the kettlebells, at least 3x a week, and to increase my cardio workouts to 4x a week. My family is taking a 6 day, 500 mile bicycle vacation this year, and I would like to survive the trip.

  6. I am opting to keep up with my book. It is a hobby I started ages ago and one I never ever really intended to finish. So I have set myself up a guideline which is realistic to get 10 chapters edited and finalised in 12 months. Have already written down in a nice easy to see place that my aim for the year is to finish my first novel. I have put on my desktop background a note saying “What have you done today?” and topped it off with a sprinkling of friendship because my friend is determined to read each chapter as soon as I finish them because she has fallen somewhat in love with the characters. This book is my resoloution. I would also like to try working out a little more, so I have bought my brother a Wii for christmas and my sister Zumba, just dance, Wii fit and just dance 2. Not only that but I have joined the second hip hop class at the dance school. Davie, I would like to give something back to you as well… When I first found you I thought “hello nice body hes cute too” and though your lips moved I didn’t really listen…. after rewinding the video back and seeing how full of love you are I have spent this year basically coming closer to your way of life. I’ve been helping people out wherever I could with motivational quotes and comments that have arisin through the days. But I feel that you should know that you have made a great change to my life, I have become happier and more stable as a person… and this has helped me be stronger for a great deal of people to lean on. Davie you are a star.

  7. My overarching resolution is to be more like Davey Wavey and approach the world from a place of love. All my other resolutions flow from that place of love: love my body by not letting classes get in the way of sleep or exercise (and vice versa), love my mind by studying and mediating more, love my soul by being ready for love when it is time and not restraining my creativity to classes, love myself by dressing nicely but not caring what others think, love the world by always trying to be positive, and never take anything or anyone for granted.

    Oh and finally get the model worthy six pack I’ve been trying for for about 6 years =P

  8. Like many others, I too want to become healthier. And although getting in shape and obtaining good health is important, I also want to do much better in school. 2011 proved that college has its difficulty. But next year I planed to do better and raise my GPA. Maybe some day I can get into a good dental school. Thanks for listening Davey.

  9. My NYR is to get down to 160 lbs. by May. I’m at 170 now and 5’11”, so that’s as low as I’m going to go. My boyfriend of three months is a really great guy (also really healthy) and I want to look fantastic for him. ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 Thanks for inspiring me to be fit and healthy Davey!

  10. My resolution is going to be making time for myself to go to the gym twice a week. I’ve never really worked out on my own, and I know that the activity will be good for me, not just physically, but mentally.

  11. My resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m going to start a workout routine and eat less snack foods. I could probably replace a half hour of video games with my workout.

  12. My biggest New years resolution is to cook more. I eat out and use my microwave far too much and my diet is less healthy because of it. I am going to get a healthy recipe cook book and make at least one new recipe a week. I am also going to add more strength training to my exercise routine. My fitness passion is running but I know I would benefit from more cross training. Oh and I wanted to let you know that I just discovered you on YouTube and I really like the stuff you put out there! Thanks Davey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I’ve been pretty good about eating healthy and going to the gym, but I really want to make a major improvement in my body this year. I’ve started calorie counting and making less excuses for skipping workouts and hope to continue that in the New Year.

  14. I’m going to do something for someone every day. It’s sort of a hard resolution, considering the amount of time we spend thinking about ourselves everyday. But I think it’s a good resolution to have and I think it’ll help me put things in perspective. Also, I’m going to stop the negative thinking I have about my body. Instead of remaining pessimistic about the goals I haven’t yet achieved, I’m going to congratulate myself on my successes. :] YAYYYYYY

  15. I’m 21yo and my goal is to kick-off a 5yr plan. The past 2years has felt stagnant and slow, so I need to take swift action to get things moving again. Which means a drastic change is due; quite possibly enlisting. ๐Ÿ™‚ All change is good, and I’m eager to start the year off strong.

  16. My resolution is to never get a tatoo that covers an entire limb.

  17. Amanda Trail says:

    I plan on cooking (ie. from scratch) at least two meals a week for myself this coming year. Coupled with that, I’m going to sign-up for a CSA (community supported agriculture) program that will sort of force me to find creative ways to cook with fresh, seasonal veggies and other produce. While I’m eating much healthier than I was two years ago (eg. eating more produce, deliberately choosing more wholesome food brands, etc.), I’m still having a hard time breaking away from processed food stuffs. It’s so easy to just chuck a can of soup in a saucepan, heat it, and call it good. Cooking from scratch takes time, but it is a much healthier option. Plus, cooking tends to allow for leftovers, which can last for a few days (especially if you’re single, like me!) and are just as easy to prepare as canned/frozen foods.

  18. my goals

    1)To start learning Spanish to help improve my application for peace corps
    2)To go to the gym 3 times a week
    3)To lose 25 lbs

    Starting to write my plan, now.

  19. I will limit chocolate and sugary desserts consumption to a maximum of three times per week. I’ve been eating these wonderful things everyday for all my life, so it is going to be a real challenge.

  20. My resolution is simple… take at least ten steps every day and do my basic stretches.

    It doesn’t matter if it is with one cane or two canes as needed as long as I make the minimum of ten steps.

  21. I have 4 resolutions.

    1. Exercise regularly
    2. Spend less time on Facebook, YouTube, and other similar websites
    3. Learn French
    4. Read more

  22. More gym, less carbs!

  23. My resoulution is to give up soda, while working my way down to lowering my consumption of solid “junk” dramatically. After that, I want to start on french fries and other fried foods. It’ll be hard though, because I don’t cook when I’m at home, so I may have to fight to get something that’s on my “Okay” list!

  24. I plan to continue eating healthier and start going to the gym AT LEAST 2 times per week. I’m actually starting this week though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Keith Gardner-Hann says:

    All I can say is that I would like to taste that dishy guy in the pic! He is incredibly adorable. I would defo go on a diet just to meet him and to have quality time with him ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • christopher says:

      well Keith-im near my weight goal.just lately ive been hit on by four women and two guys.if you workout strengthen and lose the weight-i guarantee you too will be hit on.or you could pursue.if it can happen to me-it will happen to you.

  26. christopher says:

    ive been on a good diet regimen-even before new years-experienced three weeks of vegetarianism-and presently eat fish-5x per week.no holiday goodies-and my weight loss continues-im less than 20 lbs from my ideal height/weight ratio.my resolution is year round-and not just a New Years Resolution.for life-for my life-and health.

  27. Jacob Flippin says:

    I resolve to live just an overall healthier lifestyle. Eating healthy snacks as opposed to the opposite, going to the gym more often, drinking more water than soda, etc. . .

  28. Martin Koehler says:

    โ€œToday Thursday February 23, 2012. I, Martin Koehler, will begin to practice healthier lifestyle habits and I will make the following commitments. I will give to myself as I give to others. I will value my health as I value the health of my loved ones. I wonโ€™t ask โ€™should I or shouldnโ€™t I?โ€™ about matters of self care. I will just do it. I humbly accept that I must work to be the best that I can be. I will choose to work for myself, rather than abandon myself. I will take responsibility for my lifestyle behaviors and I commit to practicing them with patience and consistency. And, I will embrace adversity as an opportunity to test my newfound mental and physical strength.โ€

    Thanks TO ALL for the encouraging remarks above!

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