New Year’s Resolutions Often Fail

It’s that time of year again when we take stock in what we have accomplished in the past year, beat ourselves up, and promise to do better. When it comes to health and fitness there is no exception.

Coming off the holidays is the worst time to beat yourself up. Weeks filled with gatherings and rich, calorie laden foods that we normally don’t eat coupled with busier than usual schedules throws a wrench at even the most disciplined. Making a decision to try and undo all the bad we have done with a lofty, unrealistic goal is most likely going to fail.

Most New Year’s Resolution weight loss goals look something like this:

“I’m going to lose 30 pounds in 3 weeks”

“I’m giving up all carbs and the weight will fall off”

 ”I’m restricting myself to 800 calories a day and working out harder”

If you look at these 3 “solutions” they have one thing in common: FAILURE! They are all framed in absolute statements that are 1)Unrealistic, 2) Unsustainable, and 3)Short-lived.

Committing to being healthier requires:

  • A long term goal with manageable small goals along the way.
  • Understanding what you are capable of, your triggers and any obstacles at home or work that can get in the way.
  • Forgiving yourself when you falter and getting back up when you have fallen.
  • Celebrating your successes

Putting your mind to it is only part of the battle. Set yourself up for success!

  • Work out with a buddy
    • Keep each other accountable
    • Take a class together
    • Share a personal training session
  • Sign up for an event
    • Gives you a stretch goal to work towards
    • Gives you a sense of community through networking and keeping updated on others goals
    • Registration fee gives you a reason to stay motivated
  • Stock up on healthy snacks
    • If the right foods are available you will be less likely to grab the wrong choice
    • Eat small “meals” frequently to sustain energy and to regulate insulin levels
  • Treat yourself when you meet a goal
    • Buy a piece of clothing you have been eyeing
    • Splurge on a healthy lunch with a friend
    • Book a massage, facial, manicure/pedicure