Real Life: 5 Reasons to Ditch the New Year’s Resolutions


Stacey, my goal driven bestie. She can even rock a Santa onesie!

Stacey Johnson, a very busy single mom, decided to make some changes in her health and wellness routine several years ago. She says, “It’s more of a joke now to say 'I’ll start getting healthy come January 1st’. Making better food choices and working out by setting small, attainable goals throughout the year makes these new changes more of a lifestyle than a fad. Plus, it’s so much fun to reward yourself with cute workout gear rather than a huge helping of calories when you reach your goals!”

1) Resolutions tend to be too broad to stick to. “I want to lose weight”. “I’m going to start going to the gym”. Without defined parameters, it’s easy to let these wishes fall to the wayside.

2) People like to think of a new year as a fresh start. In reality, every day is a new beginning. It is never too early or too late to adopt better habits or change something you don’t like.

3) Achievable goals are more likely to work for you. Make a list of things you want to accomplish over the year, and make them specific. As you complete each objective, cross it off. See how much you can get done over the year.

4) Statistics vary, but it has been shown that only about 8-10% of people keep their resolutions. Enough said, yes?

5) Resolutions themselves seem to be about reinvention. Remember that you are who you are. You simply cannot remake yourself into a different person. Small changes are fine, but expecting instant results often sets us up for failure.


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