Statistics show that by week two 32% of those who set a New Years Resolution have quit. By the end of January 42% have quit and by the end of February 56% have quit!
41% of the population make New Years Resolutions and out of that 21.4% are health and diet related resolutions. I have talked to many, many people over the years who say “this is the year” and when I follow-up they tell me all the things that got in the way of them not completing their goals.
Is it easy? NO! Is it worth it? YES!!
“It’s easier to change a person’s religion than their food.” Having worked with thousands of clients over the last thirty years I would agree! Food is emotional! We connect all kinds of emotion to our food choices, calmness, excitement, stress, relaxation, joy, fun, friendships etc. etc.
I just started a 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge and the first week is usually the hardest part of this challenge. Learning to shop for new foods, try new foods and often times changing patterns of eating is stressful!! My students tell me after the first week they get in a routine and by the end of the thirty days they feel they can make it a Lifestyle by incorporating the 80/20 rule (80% of the time eat clean 20% of the time splurge!). They tell me this was the best DECISION I have made in a long time!
I’m not a big fan of New Years Resolutions but…
what I am a fan of is “intention” with an action plan. I’m setting an “intention” this year to simplify. Simplify my exercise program, my cooking, my clothes, my house “stuff” etc. etc. Once I made that decision we started putting “stuff” on Facebook market place and selling it! It felt SO good to take action once the intention was set. It’s all about a DECISION!
If you set a New Years Resolution or an intention in the area of weight or health, my biggest suggestion for you is to find a partner. Find someone you can be accountable to and who you can keep a fire under as well. This is a HUGE gift to yourself!
I want you to be one of the 30% who keep their commitments for a whole year!
“People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions!”