How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions! (Part One)
BY JASON JOHNSON
2009 is right around the corner. One of the most common New Years Resolutions for many people is—> “This year, I’m going to lose weight!”
What does the average person do next? You are so motivated and pumped up to lose weight, you dive head first into the pool! You start a strict exercise program, and completely change your diet.
Starting January 5th (the busiest day of the year at gyms nationwide, statistically, by the way) you tell yourself, “starting today-I’m going to the gym 6 times a week.” You pack your own lunch every day with healthier food options. You immediately cut out all sodas, alcohol, fried foods and sugar from your diet.
The vending machine (aka junk machine) at work that you so frequently visited no longer exists to you. You walk right past it. The intern brought donuts for everyone in the office on Monday, there is cake for Jane’s birthday on Tuesday, Happy Hour after work for
Bill’s last day on Wednesday, on Thursday a co-worker brings in homemade fudge and insists “you have to try this”, and on Friday there is another Happy Hour after work for your boss’ birthday. But you pass on all of these indulges. The old you would have been first in line, but this is the new you. No thanks.
And what usually happens?
Burnout starts to kick in. By January 19th (2 weeks later) you skip the gym. Sleep in, instead of going to the gym, or run to the mall instead of going to the gym after work. The 6 times a week exercise routine, turns into once a week. You stop packing your lunch, and start going out to lunch again with co-workers.
So what can you do to keep your New Years Resolution of losing weight?
Find out Jason’s S.M.A.R.T. way to keep your resolutions in Part 2 on Tuesday. I’ll share my 2009 Resolutions with you on Wednesday so you all can help keep me accountable.