Why I don’t write New Years Resolutions May 11, 2015 May 11 2015 Wait what? No New Years Resolutions? What kind of a health and wellness junkie am I if I’m not proclaiming to eat three rainbows worth of fruits and vegetables daily in 2015? Pfft. Allow me to explain with an example (as I often like to do). Meet my fictional character of the day, Susie. For 2015, Susie promised herself the following: “That’s it! This year I’m going to lose 50 pounds and look like a sexy supermodel and everyone’s going to be like OMGAH she looks fantastic. I’LL SHOW THE WORLD.” Susie then decides to sign up for a gym membership, starts the year off with a juice cleanse and then goes on a low-calorie diet. But what if Susie always ate out? And she was used to exercising maybe once a month? And she only ate a handful of fruits and vegetables during the week? Chances are she’s going to start feeling overwhelmed, feel deprived, frustrated, go through an emotional rollercoaster of guilt and anger and then give in when she’s not seeing results. Now this isn’t to say that this is the case for everyone, but it is for the majority. Any personal trainer or sales team member I’ve spoken to from a gym has said it’s the highest time of the year for sign-ups, but then by February 15th only a fraction of those people are even using their membership at all. Going back to Susie, let’s take a look at why she’s unlikely to meet her goal of losing 50 pounds: She made the goal once at the start of the year, and didn’t set weekly or monthly check-ins for herself to reevaluate and reflect on her goals She didn’t write the action steps she was going to take to achieve her goal e.g. eating a homemade breakfast She didn’t break down the goal into smaller, more achievable and measurable goals…essentially doing it in baby steps She set the bar too high based on where she was starting out All of these are important, but that last one is the reason I don’t write New Years Resolutions. Instead, I like to plan goals on a monthly basis so that I’m always checking in. Why should I wait for the New Year to give myself permission to “start fresh” or start achieving the life I want? I used to use the New Year as an excuse to procrastinate and then jump on the bandwagon when everyone else was doing the same. But then I figured if I wasn’t willing to make the change at any other given time during the year, I likely didn’t want it bad enough and would have less chance of achieving it in the New Year. And this applies not only to health & wellness goals, but career, relationship or overall life goals as well. So if you’re looking to make New Years Resolutions this year, all the power to you, but I ask you to ensure that they are: realistic based on where you’re starting, actionable, measurable, and to check in on them weekly or monthly. And don’t stop writing goals, it shouldn’t be a once a year practice! I’ll end this blog post with some simple health & wellness New Years Resolutions (or daily goals) to inspire you: Drink at least 2 liters of water Eat breakfast Walk for 30 minutes Eat a whole fruit Include a side of greens with each meal Slowly cut back on pop, or eliminate it completely Get 8 hours of sleep Be kind to yourself. Stop the negative self-deprecating thought in its tracks! I wish all of you a Happy 2015 and hope it is full of goals that get you closer to the life you want 🙂 About Alina I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.