“It’s Resolution Time! Bah, Humbug!”

I hate New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, I resolutely refuse to ever make them. They are a set up; bound to fail, traps to make you feel a certain kind of ‘resolve’, ‘determination’, and fortitude with which to tackle the goals that have eluded you these last few months, years, decades?!

And then, boom! The energy of that desire fades away, real life comes into play, you go off the diet, or stop exercising for one, two three weeks, and then before you know it, it is a thing of the past. Yet one more failure to tuck into the backdrop of your mind, one more failure that the obnoxious voice in your head loves to seize on to remind you, that, in fact, you are the loser, wimp, (You get to fill in the blank, okay, have I revealed enough?!) and berate you at moments when you are stressed, your energy is at an all time low, and all you can think are negative thoughts.

So, can we agree to bag the New Years’ Resolutions? Okay, if you are unwilling to bag them completely, and find this a convenient time to search your soul, buy some new running shoes and commit to an exercise/diet program, can you at least be reasonably realistic with this?!

So, this is our new New Year’s Real Life Resolution: We will find food and exercise that fits for our LIFESTYLE. We will of course end up falling off the wagon, so to speak, and this time, rather than letting it become one more weapon in your obnoxious roomate’s (Arianna Huffington’s description of that nasty critical voice that lives in your head) arsenal, you will use it to look at your choice more carefully. How realistic is/was your plan? Do you need to be more flexible now in the face of your baby up all night and that you are totally sleep deprived? Or that in fact, your favorite food is a bran muffin when in fact you committed to a low carb lifestyle. Get real girl! Nothing you decide to do is going to last, if it doesn’t fit realistically in your life.

So, a few tips for realism:

1) If you want to lose the 10 lbs. you gained over this holiday season, (I have fully committed myself to overeating these holidays, and have repeatedly gone to bed stuffed and feeling sick to my stomach eating boxes of cookies, candy, licorice, my personal fav), then try to either go cold turkey on the sweets, if that works for you, or simply, ‘back off’ gently. Eat four cookies vs. eight. Do that with all foods. I call it ‘backing off’. I need a gentle term if I find that I need to eat less, otherwise my obnoxious roomate gets so rude, that I end up eating just to spite her because I am so rebellious.

2) Find a way to exercise where you are building in some resistance work 3 x a week. I know, I don’t shut up about this, but I promise you it is where it is at for burning calories long term and keeping weight off. Do those pushups 3 times a week or 4.

3) THINK REALISTICALLY ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, AND PLAN IT. GET CONCRETE. FIT IT INTO THE SLOTS OF YOUR DAY AND IF IT DOESN’T FIT, DONT’ THINK YOU WILL DO IT. GET REAL ABOUT HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DO SOMETHING, GET THERE, RETURN, ETC. DON’T LIVE IN A FANTASY WORLD ABOUT HOW IT WILL GET DONE. REALLY TRULY THINK IT THROUGH SO THAT YOU CAN REALLY AND TRULY COMMIT TO SOMETHING THAT IS AND I WILL REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER, DOABLE. DOABLE, DOABLE, DOABLE.

4) When you stop the doing, re-evaluate. Don’t go all unconscious, denial mode on me here. You don’t get to check out because you can’t say you failed. Your plan failed. Re-evaluate your plan and then do it. Keep modifying it until it fits and you can instill some consistency. I promise you that it is consistency that rules, that will build metabolism and keep you able to eat the things you love.

Now that is what I call a resolution! Happy New Year.

2 Responses to ““It’s Resolution Time! Bah, Humbug!””


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    I can not agree with you in 100% regarding some thoughts, but you got good point of view…

  2. Quickie on 09 Apr 2008 at 6:26 am

    Hm… all in all I’m agree with you, but your readership… what are they gonna say about it?

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