Hey there fighters! How's the new year treating you so far? I've definitely started off the New Year the right way, with family, friends, and staying on track with my resolution for the year!
I have always loved New Year Resolutions, as I think it is a great time to start something you have always wanted to do or get back on track with something you might have strayed from. I think they are a great thing, if you create them wisely...
What I (and the rest of America, I'm sure) have noticed over the years is that so many of our resolutions are about fitness and getting into shape.
Of course, this is not everyone's resolution and this can be applied across the board. This is just one of the most common resolutions.
There is nothing wrong with having a resolution centered around taking care of your body and getting healthy, as long as it is actually done healthily. In fact, my resolution is across the same realm - cutting meat out of my diet and getting more natural sources of protein.
Too many people are, to be blunt, not very good at creating a realistic resolution. It is simply not realistic to promise yourself that you will lose 80 pounds by June. It is not even realistic to promise yourself that by next January. And it is actually never healthy to promise yourself you are going to lose X lbs by Y. That's how obsessions start and how you can run in to some serious health complications.
A more realistic resolution would be to promise yourself you are going to exercise for 30 minutes 4 times a week, or cut out soda from your diet, or take the stairs every day at work.
Promising yourself you are going to lose X lbs, sew X number of scarves for homeless children, cook X number of cupcakes for church, raise $X for Y charity is simply not realistic or healthy for your well being.
Another thing: resolutions can change.
There is nothing wrong with getting to the end of the month and admitting to yourself you need to tone your resolution down because you simply don't have the time, or it's too much on your body. You can even do this in August and it will still be okay. Literally whenever you need to.
The most important thing you can do is listen to your body (especially if your workout is more fitness based) and take care of yourself.
What are your New Year resolutions?
Stay strong, I'll have a new post next week!