Friday, 6 January 2012

Resolutions are only intentions

It's 2012 and so many people start the year off with resolutions. Loose weight, stop smoking, stop drinking, blah, blah, blah...
I am yet to meet anyone that has made a resolution and stuck with it. When I have complimented someone, they never responded with: "Thanks, it was my New Year's Resolution to do this".  We all make little "promises" to do something in the new year and mostly start off with the best of intentions. What happens after that, is a little thing called "life". You can't change something overnight. "OH, it's January the 1st, better change my lifestyle!!"... I don't think so.
Strangely, no one I have ever met has beaten themselves up for not sticking to a resolution. Many women will be devastated over cheating on a diet just once, but a resolution?  No one ever keep those, so it's not a big deal. Forget about it!!

So why make them? Because inherently we want something to make us change our bad habits. We can not do it on our own. We need to hear bad news from the doctor, before we stop killing ourselves. We need to have a huge sign from the heavens to encourage us to change our ways. We need New Year's Eve to make resolutions and give us the chance to change something. The next holiday at the coast is our motivation to lose weight so we can have perfect beach bodies. Encouragement, motivation, pressure, resolve, doctor's orders. They can make us change, because we can't do it on our own.
Fortunately you are not on your own and you do not have to do anything overnight. If you want to loose weight this year, start slowly by cutting out a lot of your sugar intake. Take walks around your neighbourhood. Drink lots of water. Eat smaller portions. Baby steps!!