The New Year’s Let Down

Have you ever started a new year with an unfeasible resolution?

I know too many people who eat themselves into a food coma all the way up until 11:59 pm on December 31st. At midnight their new year’s resolution to lose 10, 20, or 50 pounds begins. What they do not realize is that they have had this same goal every January 1st for the past five years. Why are these people having to repeat the same resolution year after year? Probably because they did not lose the weight they wanted or maybe ended up gaining even more weight.

Would you say they are hopeless? I can guarantee they feel that way.

Will it stop them from starting the whole process again on January 1st of the following year? Probably not.

I think the biggest reason for new year’s resolution failures is setting unrealistic goals. For example, f you have always been a below average student you should not say to yourself, “next semester I am going to get straight A’s.” Why do I think this? Well chances are it will take a while to adjust your learning and studying habits. Also, if you end up getting straight B’s instead, you will feel defeated and think that trying hard will never work. You will fail to realize that maybe the teacher was impossible and only one student received an A.

A more realistic goal would be to try your hardest in every class and do whatever possible to get the best grade you can. That way, if you get straight B’s you know you tried your hardest and you could not do anything more.

How can this be applied to a someone wanting to purge the pudge? For starters, they should stop obsessing about a particular number. Is it really so terrible if you lose 10 pounds instead of the 20 you wanted? Every bit matters and every pound gets you closer to your long-term goals.

The focus should be on exercising more and making better food choices. If you focus on the journey rather than the destination, I guarantee you will be a better you at the end of the year without the pressure and disappointment that most new year’s resolutions bring.

This new year’s, remember to take smaller steps when trying to better yourself. You will be much less likely to trip.

Have a happy and healthy new year!