I personally hate New Year’s resolutions. I don’t really believe in them. Resolutions are an overated grand plan for that year that almost always sets you up for failure and disappointment. So why would you do that to yourself?? I might as well also swim through alligator infested waters and hope to make it through while losing only minimal body parts.
I mean, let’s be realistic. If I start the year by saying that I am cutting out all carbs and I want to drop 30 pounds by the end of the year (or even more unrealistically…by bikini season), I am creating a difficult task in my head. Like eating and "dieting", resolutions have to be practically done. If you want to focus on eating, then please don’t call it a diet. Everything is a diet. That is why it is called a dietary intake. Focusing on spirituality and mental health or personal relationships is a little more manageable. Get your crap together and know that nothing is easy. Everything can be achieved with moderation.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest and come up with a lot of unique ideas from it; however, if you are pinning all these elaborate recipes, workouts and ideas…you are just creating ANOTHER task and job for you to do. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have time for that crap. Every now and then they are great to use but with things like eating right, I need key things and items that I can make quick meals out of on an average basis and ones where it doesn’t feel like I am eating like a rabbit...because lets face the facts, I love food!
My personal trainer gave me the best advice while talking about nutrition (blogs featured under fitness) and I have applied it to so many areas of my life. Don’t be weird, keep it simple. When we get weird or complicated about things in life, we screw up the simplicity and balance of it. Whether its eating, working out, dating, work, parenting or whatever your prerogative is….keep life and resolutions simple. Resolutions to me should be ones that fill your soul. SMART GOALS are small focuses to be created through the year to achieve your ultimate best self. BOTH of these are achieved one step at a time. To be cliché, you can’t run before you can walk so don’t sabotage yourself from the beginning. Realistically look at your life and see what you want to achieve in the next month or so without putting pressure on yourself to get weird about things.
Also, give yourself time to get these things going. January should be a time for overall planning and ideas and refocusing on you. Try to give yourself till February to have things organized and ready to go to achieve some spring goals and soulful resolutions. In January we are all still trying to recover from the holidays and the cold outside is just not the most motivating thing!
Honestly, although you need to hold yourself accountable for things, it is most important to remember not to beat yourself up. If you lose 3 pounds instead of 5 or slightly miss a promotion because you need a little bit more fine tuning…screw it…it is perfectly okay and you should take pride that you are on the right path to success for YOU and nobody else. Do things that set your own soul on fire and you will find that you no longer need to say “new year, new me.” With these thoughts, I was able to walk into 2018 saying “new year, same me and f**king proud of it too.”
New Year, Same Me AND Feeling Pretty Damn Good About It