The week between Christmas and New Year's eve is often the worst for me. With most holiday parties over, I'm left to dwell on all the deliciously bad food I've consumed, and nine times out of ten, I vow to put myself on a strict diet once January 1st rolls around.
Which brings me to my current stance on New Year's resolutions:
I hate them.
Why is it that people think they can change a year's worth of bad habits at the beginning of each new year?
It's a proven fact that gym memberships skyrocket at the beginning of January, only to go right back down by March.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all for people trying to lead healthier lives by eating better, exercising, and staying happy. I just don't understand why it takes the start of a new year to try to get them to do this.
I think people who decide to make healthy life-changing habits have a better chance of succeeding if they don't wait until January 1st. New Year's resolutions are only full of pressure and a sense of self-loathing if, for some reason, you fail.
So my health tip for this Monday? Stay away from New Year's resolutions and just concentrate on staying healthy.
And, if you are going to make a New Year's resolution this January, keep it realistic.
If you've always dreamed of running a road race, sign up for a shorter distance, like a 5k. Signing up for a marathon when you've never run before is a sure-fire way to get discouraged and quit.
Do you want to lose weight? Start off by cutting out some sugars, such as limiting yourself to one or two desserts a week as opposed to your typical five. Drastically reducing your calories and living on water and melon is another sure-fire way to fail. You'll only end up getting so hungry that you overeat and binge on all those leftover Christmas cookies.
And don't get discouraged if you experience some minor setbacks. Life has a funny way or getting in the way sometimes. If this happens, the best thing to do is get right back on the wagon.
Happy 2010 everyone! :)