There’s an old adage that says, “New Year’s resolutions are promises that go in one year and out the next.” Statistics show that most of us abandon our resolutions shortly after the new year begins. Case in point: ever been to a fitness club in early January? You can’t find an empty treadmill. Return in late February and the place is all yours. Same thing with weight loss programs. Everyone wants to lose weight in January, spurred on by the pounds gained during the previous holiday season.
If you Google “New Year’s Resolutions,” you’ll get a bunch of articles on how to succeed. Many of the tips are valid, like keeping your goals simple and positive, setting a timeline, rewarding yourself, reviewing your progress daily.
Achieving goals is a very personal thing. It must come entirely from within. If you want to lose weight, ask yourself why. The answer had better be all about you or you’re not likely to succeed.
In other words, when it comes to making positive life changes, it doesn’t pay to be a martyr. You can’t lose weight for your husband or your kids. (However, losing weight for your dog is a good thing. It provides your best friend with more room on your bed.)
Consider the admonition that flight attendants give us when we fly. In the case of an emergency, you must first don your own life-saving face mask and then assist your child. Why? It’s like dominoes — if you go down, everyone else in your care falls as well. Taking care of yourself first gives you the strength to take care of others. That’s not just a good thing; it’s the way it should be.
Bottom line: if you decide to make a commitment to get healthy in the new year, don’t keep quiet about it. We’re likely to fail if we keep our resolutions to ourselves. Why? Because we’re accountable only to ourselves, and when push comes to shove (donuts over broccoli), it’s way too easy to opt for the donuts. It’s variation of another adage: “If you’re alone in the forest and you eat a donut, who will know?”