I’m not a believer in New Years Resolutions for myself. I’ve never been one to make a resolution based on the year changing. As a friend recently said, there’s really no magical difference between one year and the next, and I agree.
With that said, however, New Years Resolutions do seem to be a thing, and a thing that works for some people. I won’t belittle anyone for making one. If that’s your thing, DO IT! But if you make a resultion, then there’s something very important thing you need to know. Most of them fail.
The reasons for this are many, and I am not going to go into them. I will dovetail off the last post I made and tackle one such reason: realistic goals. Many people make resolutions to exercise three or even five times a week. They make a resolution to eat healthy. They make resolutions to lose weight. All of these are very difficult to do when going from a lifestyle that doesn’t incorporate any of these already.
Make whatever resolution you want to make, but make it realistic. Make it more generalized. Make the goals attainable. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 50 lbs by July,” say, ” I want to be healthier by the summertime.” Instead of saying, “I will work out five times a week,” say, “I am going to adopt a plan that allows me to get into exercise in a healthy way that encourages me to want to exercise more on my own” or “I want to get into the habit of exercising.”
When Sherry and I decided to do our first Whole30, we didn’t wait for New Year. We started a week after our decision was made. We took that week to get rid of food we already had by either eating it, donating it, giving it away, or throwing it away (it’s surprising how much bad food we had in our pantry and refrigerator!). When we did our second Whole30, it was again, something we felt we should do to reset things, and we just did it. We are about to start our third Whole30 in a few days, and it has nothing to do with New Years Resolutions and everything to do with the fact that we need to get back to smaller portions and eating good, whole foods. Our Paleo diet has been super awesome, but we’ve allowed some non-Paleo things to creep in here and there, and we don’t want to backslide. So… Whole30 #3, here we come!
If you’re a resolutions type of person, make a realistic one. For the rest of us, there’s no time like the present to make a change. That it happens to be a New Year shouldn’t stop you. If someone asks if your changed diet or exercise plan is a resolution, you can tell them it is and be done with it or tell them it’s a coincidence. It really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you make a change, set realistic goals, and stick with it.