Parenting Guru: My Teeny-Tiny New Year's Resolution

Forget Major Life Change: My Resolution is Microscopic

It's that time of year again: time to drag our bodies off the couch, away from the frosted sugar cookies and candy canes, and time to remember where our waistlines are.

At least, that is what all the exercise facilities want you to believe.

Each year I write down a list of the resolutions that I am bound and determined to keep during the new year. If I make it to the middle of January before forgetting about them, I have done better than the year before.

This is discouraging to say the least.

Just as I was getting ready to make my resolutions for the year, I happened across this article, which suggests that we have a limited reservoir of willpower. If we use willpower to make one change, we have less willpower left for other areas of our lives.

With this in mind, I have decided to try something different this year. Instead of trying to fix everything about myself that I don't like with a long list of resolutions that I will never keep, I am going to pick one teeny-tiny thing to do differently. For one month. Then, the next month, if things are going well, I will try to change something else. Again, I will choose something teeny-tiny.

For January, I resolve to do 5 sit-ups a day. That's it. Just 5 sit-ups each day. Maybe since I'm on the floor anyway, I might just go ahead and do a few more, but my goal will be just 5 a day. I have a feeling it will be a lot easier for me to get down on the floor if I know I only have to do 5 measly sit-ups.

How about you? Do you have any teeny-tiny resolutions you would like to make with me?

Melanie is a Shine Parenting Guru. She blogs about life with her four overly dramatic kids at her personal blog, tales from the crib.