As we start 2018, millions of Americans are making New Year’s Resolutions to become a little bit healthier. We even make the same resolutions year after year. Did you know know that only 8% of Americans actually achieve their New Year’s resolution? YIKES! So why do we continue to make the same broken promises to ourselves without ever really changing?
I know it is a little out of the ordinary, but I personally don’t believe in making a New Year’s resolution. Why is January 1 any more influential than March 14 or July 28 to make a change for yourself? I firmly believe it is important that you start a resolution for yourself when YOU feel most inspired. Your’e not likely to succeed if you aren’t ready and committed to making the life changes. Hint – why only 8% succeed at their New Year’s resolutions.
Have you ever asked anyone what their New Year’s resolution is? I have and most of resolutions are very vague or very grand. For example, here are some of the top resolutions made right here in the USA:
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Fall in Love
Spend Less, Save More
(VAGUE)I cannot clearly define any of those resolutions. These would almost all besubjective to each individual. The first thing I do when I have a client who wants to lose weight is ask them the specifics so we can set SMART goals that help them objectify what they are doing and why. If you have no real goal in mind – you are likely to wonder aimlessly until you ditch (or completely forget) the resolution.
(GRAND)Ok, let’s just focus on the top resolution made…. to lose weight. That’s great, but losing weight and keeping it off is L I F E C H A N G I N G. If you make this resolution and are not fully committed or have a solid plan in place – you are not likely to achieve long term success. Long term weight loss and management is no quick or easy feat. There is sooooo much more that goes into just ‘losing weight’ than eating less.
So let’s agree to ditch the New Year’s resolutions in 2017 and to make some healthy promises we can stick to this year. We will be here if you are ready January 1 to make those resolutions a reality or August 10 when you decide the time is right for you.
Heather Steele, RD/LDis a Registered Dietitian and loves to garden, cook, and ride her bike! Heather offices out of the Reasor’s off 71st & Lynn Lane and also covers the 101st & Elm location for all of your food & nutrition needs.
Information included does not constitute medical advice and should only be used as a general recommendation for a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. Reasor’s Registered Dietitians’ opinions and recommendations are their own; they are not paid to endorse any products or services.