My News Years Resolution is to Never Have Another New Years Resolution

I have never written a new years resolution in my life. I never gave much thought to this before but I actually think this is rare in our society. Why do we write resolutions on January first? What is it about the end of one year and the beginning of the next that prompts us to beat ourselves up and vow to be better individuals? Shouldn’t we vow to be the best us every day? I decided to dive further into this topic as the majority of our country partakes in this tradition every year.

I have always thought that if you want to change something or are unhappy in some area you should change it. Not only should you change it, but you should change it that minute you think of it. We are so guilty of prolonging are ultimate happiness. How many people say they are miserable at their jobs but make no effort to change it. Diet and exercise creates many procrastinators. For example, “the diet starts Monday,” “I will start going to the gym next week,” “next year I will stop eating fast food,” are just some examples of how we prolong our happiness. If you want to do something for the better, but you don’t want to do it until next week, month, or year; maybe you shouldn’t be doing it at all.

Allow me to elaborate. If you vow every year to lose weight and every year you quit after a month, maybe that is not a healthy change. Ask yourself what sounds like something you want to do today, tomorrow and the rest of your life. If going to the gym is not something you want to do today, why are you forcing yourself to do it next week? What if instead of saying I want to lose weight you say I want to gain life? How does one gain life you ask…it all depends on the individual. For me gaining life meant never counting another calorie or not allowing myself to have that “higher calorie” beer when I wanted one. I decided that I will eat whatever I want, whenever I want and that was that. Amazingly, weight loss just happened.

This New Years I encourage you to make one last resolution, “I will never again make another New years resolution.” Take time figuring out what would make you happy today, and how you could reach that goal today. If you feel stressed, anxiety, punished or anything negative than that is not your right path or solution. However you owe it to yourself to figure out what is.

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About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.