New Year's Resolution Day #4: De-Clutter Your Closet and Your Life
Cleaning out your closet is similar to a pre-planned, intense workout: It sounds like a great idea ahead of time, you question your sanity during the process, and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment makes it worth it in the end. Today, start small. Get rid of at least 3 items of clothing that don't fit, including undergarments and workout clothes. Only keep what fits your body as it is now. If you lose weight in 2011, reward yourself with something new. On a roll? Use this step-by-step plan to clear out more clutter with minimum anxiety.
New Year's Resolution Day #5: Adopt One Habit
Focusing on the bad habits you want to break this year can be overwhelming. (Plus, they may not even be that bad. Learn the truth here.) Instead, try to add one good habit to your daily routine—starting now! Want to quit coffee? Make one of your cups decaf today. Trying to eat healthier? Start the day with a piece of fruit. Stick to this for a week, then a month, and soon your daily healthy habits will just be second nature.
New Year's Resolution Day #6: Do Something Fun
Don't force yourself to run before work if you hate running. Treat yourself to a fun workout today—really! Get moving however you like, whether it's yoga, belly dancing, or just jamming out in your bedroom to your favorite high-energy songs. (We have the perfect playlist for you here!) Spend an hour breaking a sweat and having fun, and you'll be more likely to do it again tomorrow. The end result: This will be the year you get in your best shape ever, your way.
New Year's Resolution Day #7: Eat Differently for Just One Day
Before you commit to a strict new eating plan, choose today as the one day of the week to test a diet that interests you. You'll discover obstacles that you'd never anticipate—without feeling like a failure. If you're pleasantly surprised, stick with it all week. (Find out how one raw foodie makes it easy to stick to her diet.)