Thirteen weeks from today we will see the end of 2014. Three months from now, millions will be proclaiming the following:
"I'm going to lose weight this year!"
"I'm going to quit smoking!"
"I'm going to get fit this year!"
" I'm going to eat healthier!"
"I'm going to learn to manage my stress better!"
"I'm going to exercise more!"
Every one of those resolution makers starts out full steam ahead, gung-ho to make those resolutions come true. The University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology did a study, verified by statisticbrain.com, which reports that after one week, a full 75% will still be keeping their resolutions. Past two weeks, the percentage dips to 71%. Getting past that first month, 64% are still plugging along. After the six month mark, 46% are still holding on. Yes, less than half are sticking with their resolutions that were made with promises and determined hearts. By the time we are 9 months into the year, about 39% will be able to claim success.
It is my opinion that New Year's Resolutions tend to make many of us victims of our own misguided sense of readiness to do what is needed to be successful. We are also victims of the media headlines proclaiming this New Year Diet or that New Year Plan will change our lives, bodies, and health. We've seen the ad campaigns. "New Year, New You!" and "Make this YOUR Year!" We get psyched up to make changes and don't have any or very few plans for follow through. We WANT change, We WANT to be healthier, but we aren't READY, WILLING, and ABLE to do what is necessary to be successful. It's also a lot easier to blow off a resolution when you know that the statistics are against you.
Many times, our failures come from a lack of preparation. We buy the portion size appropriate containers to make our lunch, but we aren't prepared for the time it will take to shop, make, and pack those nutritious lunches. We pay for the gym membership, but don't stop to think of the commitment needed to get up an hour earlier to get there before work or what to do after work when we are starving and have committed to going to the gym on the way home. We don't factor in how we will handle office pot lucks, the happy baker at work who brings in weekly homemade treats, or what we will do when the kids' soccer practice, recitals, or illness will keep us from going to the gym during our "planned" time. We don't fully comprehend that a healthier lifestyle is more than just buying the right foods and getting that gym membership. A healthier lifestyle requires both physical AND mental preparation. Without both components, the statistics remain against you. We've all heard "Fail to plan, plan to fail".
Living healthier isn't about a resolution because a new year is starting. YOUR New Year starts the day you come to realize that you will NEVER gain health and true well being until YOU make a COMMITMENT to YOURSELF to give yourself the best chance at a long, healthy, happy life.
Start today. Don't be VICTIM to another New Year's broken resolution. Start here, now, TODAY. Enter 2015 as a VICTOR. You may not be where you want to be on the path to healthier living, but you will be victorious because you are ON THE PATH and committed to YOU. Imagine how much closer you will be to TRUE HEALTH three months from now if you do this. Imagine how much further you will be from it if you are holding out to start or restart until January 1st. Three months could be the difference between living better, longer, happier and dying younger, sicker, faster. Think about it.
Remember, Never Give Up. Never Give In.
As always, I love you all.