I gave up soda for Lent. After failing about 20 times, I picked myself up for the 21st time...and didn't fall again. Today is 3 weeks since I've had a soda. Yay me. So I'm considering that Phase 1 of "my year to get healthy". Phase 2 will begin the day after Easter; it's 3-fold and will last for three weeks:
1) Drink more water. Surprisingly, even though all I drink now is water, I still don't drink enough. I've found that I drink more when I'm eating. And when I'm not eating, if I keep the water in a bottle with a sports cap on it, I drink more than if it's in a bottle with a regular cap or in a cup. Weird, but it works for me.
2) Cut out sweets. I think pastries will be my downfall, but I'm going to try my best. I noticed when I cut out soda, that my intake of other sweets and sugars (and not the healthy kind from fruit) increased. I don't normally eat sweets (I heart carbs), so I was surprised when I actually wanted cake and ice cream and "oh look, there's a cheese danish for sale right beside the cash register, i think I'll buy it." When I no longer crave them, I'll allow myself to have some occasionally.
3) Cut down on fast food and begin cooking more. This is to prepare me for phase 3 when I completely cut out fast food. But first I have to get back into the habit of meal planning and cooking every night and taking my lunch to work with me.
Okay, so we'll see how phase 2 does. It goes from April 5-April 25.