It is beneficial to create realistic goals for yourself.

3 New Years' Resolution Donts And The Changes You Can Actually Stick To

No matter what route you decide to choose when picking out the perfect New Year's resolution, keep in mind that it really is beneficial to create gradual, realistic goals for yourself.

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As the "Christmas craze" drastically begins to die down, our minds go straight to planning what's to come in the new year. When it comes to our New Year's resolutions, we all seem to want to become a better version of ourselves. These next three New Year's resolution donts are way too common, and are the main reason as to why we find it so hard to actually stick to a specific change. Along with these donts are some ways in which you can tweek these resolutions to make them realistic and long-lasting.

Don't completely change your diet, yet, make slight alterations 

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Especially when it comes to the New Year, we tend to want to make big, drastic changes to our lives, when in reality, this is what sets us up for failure. When coming up with your New Years Resolution, it is vital to try and make resolutions that are small, and once you accomplish that, you can work your way up.

When trying to change your lifestyle and eat much healthier foods, it is a great first step to eliminate a thing or two from your diet, rather than revamping the entire thing. For example, you could do something like cut out all soda from your diet or even something like chocolate. This will yourself a smaller and much more manageable goal, rather than doing something drastic and not sticking with it longterm.

Don't tell yourself you're going to go to the gym everyday, yet, do become more active 

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If you want to increase the amount of exercise you participate in, the same type of tactic applies. Rather than telling yourself that you're going to hit the gym everyday, maybe settle for a resolution such as maybe going to the gym once a week, and then incorporating more active actives into your lifestyle. Things such as taking your dog out on walks more, or going for a swim are both great ways in which you can get in more exercise, and not really feel as if you are doing do.

Don't tell say you're going to stop spending so much money, yet, start putting money away 

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Lastly, many of us say things like, "in the New Year, I'm going to stop spending so much", yet we never put this thought into action. Instead of telling yourself that you're going to stop spending your money, you could place a little bit of money aside with each paycheck you receive. By doing this, you are putting money aside that you would have spend, and in assassin to this, at the end of the next year, you'll have a little extra spending money to help during the holidays.

No matter what route you decide to choose when picking out the perfect New Year's resolution for you, keep in mind that it really is beneficial to create gradual, realistic goals for yourself. Changing your life around completely is something that will be a truly difficult task and may leave you giving up on your resolution, rather than making your thoughts a reality.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.

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Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.


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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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