How About a Simple End of the Year Resolution?

Last year, 12 of my friends made New Year's resolutions. The resolutions ranged from losing weight, quitting smoking, and weight training 3 times a week. Most of them were back to their bad habits by May, unfortunately, and that was not a surprise to me.

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Last year, 12 of my friends made New Year's resolutions. The resolutions ranged from losing weight, quitting smoking, and weight training 3 times a week. Most of them were back to their bad habits by May, unfortunately, and that was not a surprise to me. 

What was a surprise is their behavior prior to this coming January 1.  In December, most of my friends decided to “go all out” with their food choices and portions, since, after all, 2011 was going to be a new year. They figured this was their last chance to “enjoy.” Upon further investigation, I found that many people splurge in December in preparation for their "new life." They gain weight, the resolution ultimately fails, and the only thing to show for their plan at the end of the year is another pound or 2 on the scale. 

This year, if you intend to make changes, why not start today? If you are the “average American," then I challenge you to eat more vegetables, walk more, do yoga, smile, forgive someone, save money, stretch when you wake up, hug your kids, husband, wife, mom, etc., volunteer, give more and take less, tell someone you love them, start a garden, and sleep 7-8 hours a night. New Year's resolutions are not about unrealistic drastic changes in your life, but rather, small, simple acts that can improve you as a person.

Think about it – have you smiled at a stranger today? Did you take a walk? Did you eat something green? Simplicity is what creates success, and there is no better time to become a new you than NOW.

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...