December: the month to kickstart those resolutions

We like new beginnings. We like fresh starts and do-overs. We really like wiping the slate clean and starting over. That's why we all wait for the calendar year to change before making any healthy life changes and positive alterations in our daily patterns. But why!? Today marks December 1st - a brand new, never seen before, month. Who says all the good things have to happen in 2014!? We still have 31 perfectly good days left in 2013 (Lord willing). Get your ass off the couch and start those resolutions NOW. For the month of December I'm going to present to you 31 little gifts in the form of healthy life challenges. I want you to try all of them (I know, I know, I sound like your mother). If one particularly strikes your fancy and you'd like to carry it through until the end of December, or maybe even into the shiny new year - great! who's stopping you? But, all I ask is that you try these 31 things for a day, ONE DAY, to have a happier, healthier December. I'll be posting daily reminders from Big Hips Little Hips on Facebook, so make sure to 'like' the page.

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

The gift of rest: do something for yourself tonight before going to bed. Start a bubble bath, get lost in a book for an hour, give yourself a mani/pedi, have a square of dark chocolate, go to bed 30 minutes earlier…'treat' yourself to a peaceful moment.

December 2nd: Drink only water, black coffee and/or unsweetened tea

3rd: Try a new vegetable

4th: Squeeze a workout in. You don't have to go to the gym, pop in an old Richard Simmons DVD for goodness sake - just move!

5th: Eat some form of lean protein with every meal and snack

6th: Say "no thank you" to a sweet treat or dessert

7th: Do something outside. Talk your dog for a walk, your kids for a hike, your spouse for a bike ride. Be outside.

8th: Start the day off with a high protein breakfast like eggs, a frittata or protein shake

9th: Go meatless! #meatlessMonday

10th: Try a new class at the gym (don't have a membership, tag along with a friend!)

11th: Have a vegetable or fruit with every meal and snack

12th: Do 10 pushups, 10 squats and 10 sit-ups before starting your day and before going to bed

13th: Compliment someone

14th: Make a healthy 'treat' to share (e.g. protein balls, chocolate black bean brownies, etc.)

15th: Donate canned goods to a charitable organisation or someone in need

16th: Don't eat after 8pm

17th: Eat a small meal or snack every 3-4 hours

18th: Try a new recipe for dinner

19th: Park in the farthest parking spot

20th: Use the stairs every chance you get (say no to elevators!)

21st: Volunteer your time in some way

22nd: Sweat. At least once.

23rd: Donate unused or old clothing, toys and household items

24th: Be mindful of your portions

25th: Take a few quiet moments to enjoy your family and friends!!

26th: Call, email or write to an old friend

27th: Eat only protein, healthy fats and vegetables after lunch (avoid starches and sugar after lunchtime)

28th: Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep

29th: Meditate. Pray. Be still.

30th: Grab a buddy and do a workout of your choosing!

31st: Write down a list of goals for 2014, health, fitness and otherwise

Think you can do it??

Eat well. Live well. Be well.