It’s funny how a one-digit change on the calendar inspires people to completely revamp their lives and decide they’re going to turn into a marathon-running, soup kitchen-volunteering, novel-writing gourmet chef.
But usually about a week after the ball has dropped, people tend to drop the ball on their revolutionary resolutions. (After all, being a triathlon-competing Mother Teresa equivalent is hard, okay!)
However, there are a few New Year’s resolutions—little life adjustments—that everyone should keep.
1. DON’T DRINK AND TEXT
Texting while under the influence has become all too common and we’d guess is the #1 reason for dignity loss in 2013. Whether it’s texting your ex telling them you want them back or texting your Cycologist about how good their butt looked in spandex during the Beyoncé theme ride, we suggest you try to ignore the siren call of Siri if you’ve put a few back.
2. MAKE EASY, HEALTHY CHANGES
Come 2014, resist the urge to completely cut out carbs, fat and fun. Simple diet swaps allow you to indulge…without risking a deprivation-induced breakdown where you gobble down three pints of Ben and Jerry’s. Again.
3. LEARN TO SAY NO
Hey, remember that time your best friend begged you to go to the Miley concert with her when you needed to prep for something important, and because you were twerkin’ when you should’ve been workin’, you totally bombed the next morning? It’s okay to decline invites occasionally. We checked, and there’s definitely no way you can die from having FOMO.
4. SMILE MORE
Not only will it make you more approachable, but studies show that simply smiling can reduce stress and put you in a better mood. (And if you can do oblique pulls with those three-pounders during a Cyc ride, you can probably muster up enough energy to lift those cheeks.)
5. …AND SLOW DOWN ON THE SELFIES
While a solid “Transformation Tuesday” showcasing those sweet Cyc-earned quads is always admirable, it’s probably a good call to cut back to one hashtag-loaded selfie per day. After all, Instagram is a lot like relationships: you gotta keep ‘em wanting more. #youcanthankuslater
Written by avid #cycaustin rider, Sam Sumpter. Follow her @Its_Sam_babaaay for music recs and Seinfeld-related retweets.