3 Golden Rules To keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

Another year has passed and to prove it, your bathroom scale has rewarded you with a bonus! If that’s not bad enough, all the clothes you received for Christmas are now “brand name clothes” because they brand your skin when you wear them. It seems that for most people, gaining weight during the holidays is normal; in fact the average person gains from 3 to 7 pounds during the holiday season. After all, it’s not like you can enjoy eggnog, hot chocolate and huge Christmas dinners any other time of the year!

As a result of this increase in weight, most people tend to resolve to start exercising and eating less right around the end of the year. Does New Year’s Resolution ring a bell? Well, it’s no coincidence that you decide to change your unhealthy ways precisely on the last day of the holiday season, after weeks of being on a binge diet. For most people, it’s the guilt of the past few weeks, not the end of the year that prompts them to make changes in their eating habits and lifestyle. And therein lays the main weak point of the New Year’s Resolution: it’s made based out of guilt not determination.

Here are the three golden rules to keeping your New Year’s Resolution:

1. Make a resolution, not a guilt trip

If you have a health issue or a bad habit that is affecting your quality of life, you have to deal with it all year, so why not resolve to do something about it all year? The first step to keeping your New Year’s Resolution is to decide that you truly want to make a change, not out of guilt but out of genuine resolution. Guilt is a passing emotion that lasts exactly two weeks, based on the fact that gyms report that’s how long the “New Year’s crowd” lasts (they even count on this to make a profit because if everyone that had a membership to the gym showed up all year round it would be maxed out). Resolution on the other hand, means that you have resolved (decided, agreed, concluded) that you will (not should, could or would) do something about your current condition.

2. Be realist

The second rule to keeping your New Year’s Resolution is to make very exact and realistic goals. The best way to break bad habits such as smoking or eating ice cream at night, is to make moderate but permanent changes in your diet and lifestyle. Don’t make yourself promises that you cannot keep as you will only let your self down. If you don’t exercise at all, don’t promise yourself that you will go to the gym every day; instead, resolve to go for a 20 minute walk every night no matter how tired you are. And always have an exact goal in mind, such as “I will lose ten pounds by March 3rd

3. Stay one step ahead of yourself

One of the reasons a lot of people fail when they are trying to break their bad habits is due to the fact that they don’t stay one step ahead of themselves. Face it: there is going to be a lot of challenges getting in the way of your goals (cravings, laziness, temptation) and you will be tempted to eat the wrong foods or stay in bed when you should be out jogging. The solution to temptation is simple: replacement. If your temptation is sweets, then find things you can eat that are good for you or don’t interfere with your diet, but that cause you the same satisfaction as eating say, ice cream. By anticipating what your weaknesses are, you can plan ahead and de-sabotage yourself.

-May you have a healthy, happy and joyful New Year!

Comments

  1. kathy logothets says:

    Words of wisdom. My new years resolution is to bring more love support and unity to my family, I know i do but I like to show it and do it more.

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