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New Year - No Resolutions?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Call it the let down after Christmas. We are crazed preparing for the holiday, going to parties, eating all the treats, drinking a year's worth of cocktails in a few holiday parties. Then Christmas day is finally here. All of the hard work is undone in a mound of torn wrapping paper, empty goodie platters, and a day of fun & laughter. After a day or two of rest, reality sets in. Calories in, Calories out! The jeans are a little tighter, the winter blahs are killing any plans for fitness, and the annual ritual begins. Be honest - do you say to yourself "just wait until the New Year and I'll get a fresh start then."

What is so magical about the New Year? What has to wait until the 1st (or 2nd because of the New Years Day Party) that can't get started today?

We make New Years Resolutions every year.

But the question to ask yourself this year -- how long does it take you to break one? And how long after that are you starting to beat yourself up for breaking your resolution? And how far after that do you give up all your other resolutions because you broke one of them? Do you even remember your resolutions for 2012?

The New Year is just another day on the calendar. It is a good day to get started on your new healthy lifestyle habits, but so is today or tomorrow.

So instead of making resolutions that I will not always be able to accomplish, I'm going to take each day as it comes. I received a beautiful journal for Christmas and will be using it everyday for meal plans, fitness tracking and as a place where I can record what is going on in my life and what is or isn't helping me with my journey to a healthier lifestyle.

The temptations, lack of exercise, and work schedules aren't the enemies. Not acknowledging these hurdles is the true enemy. It is all about planning and accountability. I need to be accountable to myself and acknowledge what I do every day - good, bad or ugly. Only then can I plan on how to avoid the pitfalls that stand in my way between my weight and my goals.

So I'm busting out my new journal, making my meal plans for the next week, preparing my kitchen for success and am ready to begin. By January 1st, I will have already accomplished my one and only resolution for the New Year..........

...to START.
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    start right
    start right now
    start right now don´t weight,lol
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    1898 days ago
    love the blog -- still catching up on emails and messages :) emoticon
    1901 days ago
    Miss Diva ~ What a cool blog & how true!!!! You are so right!!!! I would love to see a pic of your new journal??!! LOL!!!! I like the journal idea & make just have to snag that idea & plan!!!! LOL!!!!
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    1905 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/29/2012 6:41:37 PM
    You don't blog often, but when you do....
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    emoticon Start... take each day one at a time! emoticon

    I love journals. The more beautiful the better!!

    No, I do not remember my 2012 resolutions. emoticon

    1906 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan for yourself. emoticon
    1907 days ago
    well said but I have already started my resolution. I do it every day I keep on keeping on. don:t let today's failure effect my commitment to better health!!!! emoticon
    1907 days ago
    Love your blog! I ate vegan today for the first time in probably a month, because, like you, my plan starts today! I will have lost a few of the #s I regained by the time 2013 gets here. emoticon emoticon
    1907 days ago
    This was a great blog. I am SO glad I came across it. I totally agree with what you said. I especially agree with "The temptations, lack of exercise, and work schedules aren't the enemies. Not acknowledging these hurdles is the true enemy. It is all about planning and accountability." I have a journal that I have been neglecting and I love your idea of using the journal to do your planning, tracking and what is going on in your life. I think I might steal part of that idea! emoticon

    I also think that getting started now is such a smart idea! I want to get a jump start on the year and the only way to do that is starting NOW.

    Thanks for such a great blog!
    1907 days ago
    Great blog, Laura!!! You can do it!!!
    1907 days ago
    WooHoo! Laura's blogging again! I've missed them! Good for you for starting - that's the hardest part of the "battle!"

    1907 days ago
    Well said! I will do the same! emoticon
    1907 days ago
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    Woohoo! You can do it!
    1907 days ago
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