The Sad Reality of a New Year’s Resolution
by Rochelle Griffin
All of you statistic-lovers out there, I’m about to make you so happy with stats. Even if numbers make your eyes glaze over, you’ll want to see these. Can you guess what the NUMBER ONE New Year’s Resolution is?
Chances are you got it right: Lose weight.
According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of all Americans make resolutions at this time of year. Now I want you to guess how many are successful in achieving their resolution.
Are you ready? Only 8%. Ouch! A bit of success is achieved by 49% while 24% miserably fail, only to start again the following year. People tend to do well the first week, then it begins to dwindle off come week two. Sigh.
So, did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Was it to lose weight? If you answered yes, what exactly can you do to ensure that you are in the 8% successful category? To be successful, ultimately we need to look at WHY resolutions fail in the first place.
1. One of the biggest reasons that resolutions fail is simply because we expect them too. It’s true. Think about it. We make the same resolutions year after year, only to have them fail. Why would this year be any different? Truth of the matter is that the self-talk we engage in does and will come to fruition. Be very careful and guard your mind.
2. We are too vague. Saying that we want to lose weight is like saying we want to be rich. It means different things to different people. We need to define our goals…make them measurable How much weight do you want to lose this year? Divide it by 12 months, then divide again by 4 weeks. Now you have a definable goal that you can aim for weekly.
3. We don’t have a plan. Again, we simply say we want to lose weight. Great, but HOW is it going to happen? It has been a series of bad habits that have caused us to gain weight, so now we need to replace the bad habits with good ones. For example, instead of saying I want to eat healthy, say “I will replace my breakfast every day with Shakeology.” Or “I will eat every 3 hours to maintain my metabolism.” Start with small changes that you can stick with.
4. We lack a support system. Too many times we think that we can go about our resolutions on our own. Let me ask you a question. Has it worked in the past? If you are a chronic resolution maker and are being honest, the answer is no, it hasn’t worked. We are social creatures by nature and aren’t meant to go thru life alone. If you think otherwise, it’s about ego…it’s “I can totally do this on my own…I don’t need help.” If you want to succeed, I’m telling you that you need a support system.
I want to see you succeed. There is no reason why some people are able to achieve their resolutions and that you can’t be one of them. Check your mindset, have a measurable goal, put a plan in place to change your habits, and have a support system. If you do all of these things, you will be UNSTOPPABLE in 2013! After all, YOU are a ROCKSTAR!
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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