Have you given up on making resolutions because you’re sick and tired of never being able to maintain them throughout the year?
Me f*cking too.
But you know what? I still make them. Even so.
And here’s my Top 3 that I make every year, break every year, and yet still make the following year:
It’s something I tell myself I should do and then, yeah, I rarely do it. I like to workout with others and yet I see the benefit of working out alone. There’s a mental aspect to it, a zone that I can get into if I workout alone. Perhaps it’s an only-child thing, a fear-of-abandonment thing, a I-need-people thing. I don’t know. I ride long distances with people, I teach indoor cycling classes 4-6x/week, and I take and lead bootcamps. None of these are solo activities. Nothing against the group thing... I just always resolve to workout occasionally alone. And never do.
When I’m meticulous about tracking my food and liquid intake I, surprise, lose fat, gain muscle, feel better about myself, sleep better, and overall have a happier disposition. I've enjoyed using My Fitness Pal in the past (free, easy to use, syncs computer to smartphone), but tracking has it’s negative side: it makes me see the disgustingness I put into my body on an all too often basis. Normally it’s a portion control thing: when I’m tracking, I’m eating sensible portions. When I’m not tracking... guard the fridge.
Okay, this one is really gross, but it’s so there. And frankly it should probably be Resolution #1, but I figured I’d save you the appetite loss for this far down. I have been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. Probably 30 years. And It’s gross. Studies show that it’s just bad all around. Maybe it’s a nervous habit, maybe it’s a subconscious desire to eat, or maybe it’s something entirely different. Some years I’ve made it into February without biting. Most years I crumble around the second or third week of January. But you know what? I’m going to try again this year, because as much as it pains me to fall of this horse...
It pains me more to not consider hopping back on.
What are resolutions you make year after year, even though you’ve never been able to maintain them? Is there value in making them if you’re uber confident you won’t be able to keep them? Have you ever made a resolution and, wow, a year later, were still keeping it?
To Good Resolutions and a Kick-Ass 2015