Why I’m Not Making “New” Year’s Resolutions
Who doesn’t love a fresh start? I know that I do! I revel in throwing clutter out, simplifying my life, and the hope that comes from knowing a solid goal has been made is incredibly empowering.
So, why do most people only make fresh starts on January 1st, or after a traumatic event such as a divorce or death? If fresh starts are so wonderful, why don’t we decide to make them every month or even every 90 days? For that matter, we could even revisit the same resolutions at regular intervals so that we can succeed this year.
I’m writing this because I ate a ridiculous amount of sweets and other foods devoid of nutritional value this past week. Anyone with me? The truth is, my holiday gluttony was just the natural next step to my gradual shift from eating what I know to be good for me. A little sweet here, a little white flour there. I used to be a health nut! Now I’m more like an empty walnut shell with a brown sugar and cinnamon glaze.
So the day after Christmas, I decided I was done: I’m focusing on fruits and veggies for a solid week, and thinking through every food choice before I make it. I’m not trying to conquer all of 2012 at one time. Let’s be realistic, y’all. But this week? I’m going to WIN, and not like Charlie Sheen “wins.” To wait until January 1st to make a decision that needs to be made now seems a little crazy.
So, do you have decisions you’re waiting to make for 5 more days? Why not make them now? Besides, if your goal is to get fit or lose weight, then you’ll get a few extra days of enjoying a deserted gym before the January 1 rolls around.