Every New Year’s Day my wife and I indulge in doughnuts. Specifically, a whole box of doughnuts. All in the above photo will be downed within 24 hours by two people. Doughnut Day is a once a year treat. And is the highlight of what has become for me the fattest day of the year.
See, I don’t always take my own advice regarding the holidays. I eat too much. Drink too much booze. And rarely exercise. Perhaps that makes me typical.
Doughnut Day is the culmination of it all. After weeks of poor dietary habits and laziness today I’ve reached my unhealthiest zenith Or, more accurately, nadir.
But my indiscretions the past several weeks Always provides me with something. Motivation. I cannot wait to work hard in the gym. I cannot wait to fill up on veggies and lean meat. I cannot wait to not feel mildly hungover.
This isn’t about resolutions. This is about knowing myself. I’ve repeated this pattern before so I don’t fret about the 3 pounds my frame has added recently. I’m confident in my ability to reactivate the good habits.
Here’s the lesson for this new year, instead of a resolution, concentrate on knowing thyself. Learn how YOU handle your diet and health. Concentrate on what motivates you. What slows your progress. Filter out the rest.
Now, which doughnut to start with?
Who needs them? They’re stupid. And no one sticks to them after a few weeks. Just a silly waste of time, right? I say wrong!
The new year is a perfect time to reassess our health, habits, and goals. So is the start of each month. Or when a life change hits us. Or when we need a life makeover. Or our doctor told us we’re diabetic. Or we’re bored.
Point is, there’s never a bad time for a resolution. A resolution is simply a desire to effect change. So do it. Here’s how:
Assess your goal. What is it you want? To fit into size 4 jeans. To run a 5K. To lower your cholesterol. To crush a walnut with your rippling bicep or rock hard behind. Know what the end effect is so you’ll have an idea when you’ve gotten there. Be specific.
Is it realistic? Losing 50 pounds in a month is not a reasonable, or healthy, goal. Be honest with how far you can get in how long.
What habits get you there? Eating better is not a resolution. It is habit to develop to meet the goal you resolved to accomplish. If taking 4 inches off your waste is a resolution, eating out only twice a week is a habit.
When will you reassess your progress? I do it every month. Takes me 15 minutes to check my progress from last month and identify what I want to accomplish in the coming 30 days. Start doing the same. Make it a resolution….
It’s up to you. You can say “screw resolutions.” Or you can take this new year to do a life audit and adjust your course. Then resolve to make resolutions more than just a January occurrence.