I HATE resolutions for the New Year. My mother used to say about Mother's Day, "If you can only show me for one day a year that you love me, and not the rest of the year, then don't waste your time on Mother's Day." I feel the same way about New Year's resolutions. If you aren't willing to make resolutions through the whole year, then why do it the first day of the year. Well, let me put it this way: I spent many years of my life setting up extreme resolutions that lasted a week at the most and ended up in depressing pits of failure. I see people all around me doing this very thing and my heart aches to tell them not to do it all at once. At the grocery store, I see baskets filled with celery sticks and carrots and that crazed "oh no! I gotta lose this weight in 10 days" look on so many faces. The gym becomes overcrowded for a solid month with many hopefuls who always push it too far too fast.
If there is anything I have learned this year, mainly from sparkpeople, it's that changes take time. And I mean little changes, tiny goals, and LOTS of time. I asked my husband just the other day if he had been able to see a year ago that it was going to take a year just to get this far, and not even be finished with all of our goals, would he still have done it, and he said, "absolutely."
I have to say the same for myself. This year has been AWESOME on so many levels; by no means has it been easy. There were times I wanted to pull my hair out with all the changes. Nevertheless, I feel like a totally renewed person. This was in my email the other day, and it's so true:
SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says:
When you are consistent in your healthy habits, magic is happening in your body and mind, even if the scale isn't moving.
All that being said, I intend to treat January as I have the other 12 months before now. I have some reasonable goals set aside for myself, which I have actually already begun as of yesterday.
**Take cokes out of my diet. I MUST rid myself of this to see any real results. And I mean, eliminate it totally this time. I don't intend to even THINK about having a coke for the next two weeks.
**Eat clean. I have decided that refined sugars (high fructose corn syrup being enemy #1 the more I read about it), pre-packaged carb-loaded foods are getting me no where. Have you ever shopped for 1 ingredient items?? It's tough work! SOOOOO many foods have high sugar content and loads of preservatives. Needless to say, most of my shopping was on the outskirts of the store last night with fresh foods being the most self-explanatory items!
**I'm going to TRY to remove all artificial sweeteners from my diet. I remember my mom always putting the pink sweetener in my beverages as far back as my memory will take me. I know she was only trying to keep me healthy, and back in those days, it was believed to be healthy. I'm finding more and more that artificial sweeteners can be just as bad if not worse than real sugar.
Basically, I'm going to try and clean up the carbs/sugars in my diet. The next two weeks, I am going to refuse to stray away from healthy clean eating. I don't know how that looks for tomorrow, as we have plans to go out of town to visit friends for New Year's. But, I'm hoping it will be on some kind of neutral restaurant ground where I can choose what I eat, rather than be faced with home cooked fried foods or pies or cokes, etc. Christmas was interesting at best where nutrition was concerned, because everyone of my in-laws had had the stomach bug that week and no one really had much of an appetite, so food just wasn't thought of much.
On that note, we are back on track and achieving new goals again. It feels great to be back to some resemblance of routine! I joined the BLC challenge this week, and I hope that will inspire me to stay on track also! I'm still feeling sick even this morning, but I'm still going to go work out at the swimming pool. They are operating normal hours today, so I look forward to easing back into swimming. Let's just hope I can catch a good breath without hacking a lung. Actually it's mostly been throat, and I wonder if it's not strep, but never went to a doc. It's been one of those strange illnesses. It struck me on Friday morning, but I thought it was just plain old allergies. But by Friday night, obviously when all doctors were long gone home, I had fever and chills and I ached from head to toe. I couldn't even move! Then, Saturday came and I felt pretty decent in the morning and like crap again in the evening. Same thing yesterday. This morning my throat just aches like I swallowed rusty razor blades.
But, I'm going to forge on and drink tons of water today to get rid of it once and for all.
As for New Year's, I don't want anyone to feel bad for coming up with some good ol resolutions. It does give structure and meaning to the New Year, but I would love to challenge you to set up resolutions each month. Besides, what good is a resolution if it doesn't solve a problem for life?