The New Year's Resolution Fad

Posted Thursday, 12 January 2017

It's 2017 and everyone is pretty excited about it being a new year. As usual, we're all talking about all the changes we want to me to make this year, like leaving all our "haters" in the past, being more religious, quitting smoking and the most popular of them all remains the "fitfam" new year resolution.

I went to my gym last week and it was so full, I saw about 20 new faces that I hadn't seen in my whole 9 months of being at that gym.I had to ask my trainer what was going on. He laughed and said "I'm giving them all till the end of January and they'll stop coming"

This is how most of us are, we struggle to make these resolutions at the beginning of the year and we even write them down and then we can't stick to them for up to 2 weeks.


Here are some tips that helped me last year, they might work for you.

1. Remember that New Year's Day is just like any other day, only difference is that it's the first day of the year. Don't place too much emphasis on trying to change your whole life starting from that day.

2. Focus on one resolution at a time: Most people make a whole bunch of resolutions and try to achieve them all at the same time (never works). Make 2 or 3 promises to yourself and try to focus on just those 3.

3. Make it a gradual process: If you're a sweet tooth like I am, and trying to loose a bit of weight or cutting down on sugar, you can't just completely eliminate your favorite treats from your diet starting on the 1st of January (trust me I've tried). So late last year, I started by cutting down to having just 2 croissants or 2 donuts a week and now I've cut it down to once a week and I don’t even think about it as much as i used to. It took me about 8 weeks to get my body accustomed to the process.

4. Get the support of your bff, colleague or someone who is with you on a daily basis to always remind you of what you're not supposed to be doing or eating so you can keep yourself on track.

These few steps helped me last year and I have carried them on to the new year, they just might work for you too.



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