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I don’t know how you feel about New Year Resolutions, but I have come to hate them over the years while working with my clients.
Main reason: They just don’t work.
Let’s think back to your own resolutions and how many you have actually kept past January 31st. Heck, some don’t make it past the first 3 days of January.
I just came across a prominent media and publishing company (I will not name them here) that published 21 resolutions that they say you can keep.
Well, I am going to tell you why most of these 21 resolutions are garbage and won’t help you get healthier or have a healthier heart or help you to lose weight. I will discuss some that are decent and of course call out the ridiculous resolutions that are listed within these 21.
Make sure you read to the end because I will tell you what to do instead of making resolutions.
1. Eat breakfast every day
My Opinion: This list starts off pretty good with this resolution. Research studies have shown that you will eat less food throughout the day when you eat breakfast. Donuts for breakfast doesn’t work though.
Eat a high protein lower carb breakfast such as 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of greek yogurt and a glass of skim milk. This will provide the necessary calories and nutrients and most importantly provide satiety until your next meal.
2. Park your car in the last spot in the lot
My Opinion: Really? This is a resolution? What is it going to improve? Will it give you a healthier heart? No. Will it help you to lose weight? No. The only thing this really does is have you move more.
3. Make an appointment with exercise
My opinion: It looks so far that every other resolution listed here is decent if used in the correct way. We are only on number 3 though. Putting your exercise in your schedule just like you would an appointment with your doctor isn’t a bad idea.
I don’t agree with the belief of the person who wrote this. They are quoted as saying “Once you’ve made the commitment, hopefully you’ll actually go.”
It isn’t about you “hopefully” going. It is an appointment just like you going to the dentist or meeting with your boss. If you are able to schedule your workout then that is the time you will exercise for the time you have allotted for it. No excuses.
4. Eat an apple a day (or another fruit)
While I agree that eating more fruit is a good thing are you so undisciplined that you can’t even incorporate 1 piece of fruit into your daily meal plans? If that is so then focusing on adding fruit isn’t where you should be trying to improve. You first need to work on following through deadlines, completing objectives, reaching goals.
5. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator
My opinion: This isn’t a bad goal. If you are someone who works in an office building with an elevator take the stairs instead and you could burn 500+ calories a week. It may not be a lot, but you are also building strength in your legs and strengthening your heart and cardiovascular conditioning.
6. Pack your lunch once a week
My opinion: I feel you should always pack your lunch every day so you can control what you will be eating for lunch.
7. Upgrade your salad greens
My opinion: Always include greens into your meal plans. It helps to balance your pH level and reduce internal inflammation that occurs in your body.
8. Keep a supply of healthy snacks at the office
My opinion: This is always a good idea to keep from straying towards the vending machine.
9. Return your shopping cart
My opinion: I thought we were on a roll with some decent resolutions until I saw this one. What is returning your shopping cart to the store going to do for you? Other than helping out the store employees who retrieve the carts from the parking lot this resolution isn’t going to help you be healthier.
10. Keep low-fat or fat-free milk in the fridge
My opinion: Milk is a great source of nutrients and can help provide fullness so you don’t consume extra useless calories.
11. Include a vegetable with dinner every night
12. Go meatless on Mondays
My opinion: I don’t agree with this unless you follow a vegetarian style diet. The explanation they give for going meatless is because the average American eats more than what the USDA recommends. They mention about cutting back on heart harming saturated fat foods.
That part is accurate, but there are numerous types of meat you can consume that don’t have the level of fats that will harm you. Trying to generalize that all meat contains harmful levels of saturated fat is just wrong.
13. Try one new fruit or vegetable every month
My opinion: Look into what area farmers deliver or provide fresh fruits and vegetables. You can go to www.localharvest.org and look up your area. It is a great way to try new foods and have fresh local foods that are not shipped from Mexico or 29 states away from you.
14. Keep hand weights on the sofa
My opinion: Huh??? I really think for every 2 or 3 decent resolutions they throw in one like that where I just have to scratch my head. Their idea is that having hand weights will encourage you to exercise when you normally would be sitting and doing nothing.
Have they ever heard of pushups, bodyweight squats or planks? Any of these are better for you than having a set of hand weights sitting next to your favorite chair.
15. Stand up every time the phone rings
My opinion: Uh oh. We are going backwards here in solid health beneficial resolutions. Standing isn’t going to burn significant calories, strengthen your heart or improve your overall health.
16. Experiment with one new activity per month
My opinion: Whew! We seem to be getting back on track here. To keep the boredom out of your life I do encourage experimenting with one new activity per month.
17. Hit the gym for 10 minutes every day
My opinion: This isn’t a bad start, but 10 minutes isn’t enough. You need to be doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week or roughly 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week to have any significant changes in your health.
18. Start every meal with water
My opinion: They suggest that before you start eating your meal drink a glass of water. It will help you fill up and prevent overeating. Also, to drink water throughout the day to control unnecessary calorie consumption.
I agree 100% with this one. 🙂
19. Ditch packaged diet foods
My opinion: Another good one here. Eat natural real foods instead and you will consume less calories and natural foods will provide more fullness to prevent overeating.
20. Trade one of your dinner dates for an exercise date each month
My opinion: If you are one who does meet up with friends or family quite often over food and drinks I can see where this might be beneficial.
21. Spend Sunday evenings preparing fresh ingredients for the week ahead
My opinion: I am glad they ended with a real good one. Preparation is the key to success in business as well as in life. If you want to increase your chances of eating well during the week then preparing on Sunday evening by prepping what food you can is a great idea.
Since we know resolutions are never kept and most like the ones listed above are a complete waste of time, do this instead…
STEP 1: Set a BHAG for yourself for 2015… BHAG stands for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Pick something so big and exciting that it will get you out of bed each morning. Researchers have shown that most people significantly overestimate what they can accomplish in a week. They also significantly UNDERESTIMATE what they can accomplish in a year. Write down something really big that you want to accomplish this year.
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STEP 2: Make a 12 month plan. Once you’ve established and written down your BHAG goal, break down the steps and actions that are needed to accomplish your goal into monthly “chunks”. Decide on one or two things to accomplish by the end of each month. Make it your mission and commit to incorporating these steps and actions into your daily and weekly routine.
So am I crazy with disagreeing with the majority of these resolutions?
Do resolutions not SUCK like I think they do?
Have they worked for you? If so what resolution did you do that was successful? Please let me know below what worked for you.
I also don’t mind hearing from you if you completely disagree with my opinions mentioned above. Leave your thoughts below as I would love to hear if I am way off base here or if you agree with me that resolutions are a waste of time.
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