Six Weeks? It is the average lifespan of a New Year’s Resolution.
I can feel the buzz all around me…the gym getting more crowded, people vowing to never eat sweets again and the latest diet books are front & center at the bookstore.
The definition of a New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. Marking the New Year, as a new beginning, makes it easier for people to commit to their lifestyle changes which they plan to do for the following year. These resolutions are easy to make when you have been eating, drinking, skipping workouts and generally feel like crap after 2 months of holiday celebrations. We have all said something like….”I will not drink for a month and I’m going to workout everyday for 2 hours.” Yea, sure?! Then guess what, It’s Super Bowl Sunday and you treat yourself for being such a puritan for the past 4 weeks…”you deserve, just one drink with a few chips & guacamole” And then it all begins again until the following January. Sound somewhat familiar?
Weight loss, exercising & smoking cessation are at the top of the resolution lists. Along with getting organized, meditating, new jobs and improved finances. Just look at these things..most of them evolve over a lifetime but yet we think there is something magic about January , that is going to whip us right into shape. I do believe you can be thinner, happier and healthier in the New Year, if you truly want to be. But it will require preparation, perspiration and work! No magic pills!
So this year, Resolve to NOT resolve. Do NOT fall for the latest diet or extreme fitness program. These are proven to not work. Just get right back on track with your healthy lifestyle. I ask people to think back to last summer, what was that ONE thing you wanted to work on & change? Pick that as your goal for the new year and let it slowly unfold into your lifestyle in 2013. Why this one thing? Because, it has most likely been on your resolution list more times than you can count. And with the low success rates of New Year’s resolutions…it too was lost. Keep it simple and focused and you may be surprised how many other things fall into place as you live your life actively in body, mind & spirit.
With this in mind, I send to you and yours my very best wishes for a healthy, happy and sweaty 2013!
Kim Juarez & The LOLA Family
** We hope that LOLA has in someway touched your life. As you ring in 2013 with friends and family, please keep the LOLA Project in mind. We have just 26 days to go…we need your help. I will be ringing in the New year committed to working towards a healthier generation for my kids and yours. Will you join me? Please help us bring jobs and health to women and children this year. Click link to donate and read more about the LOLA project.