For the record I think New Year's resolutions are an excuse to put off what you could have started already. Instead you picked a date, that in reality, is completely arbitrary. Since time travel doesn’t exist(maybe?), here we are. New year, new you. Please please please, I implore you! start with little changes. I’ve seen it so many times. You’re all gung ho for 3 weeks. 5 days a week in the gym. Eating nothing but salads. By week 4 it’s one workout a week and pizza starts making its big comeback. What if you start at 2 days a week doing whatever exercise you enjoy? It doesn’t have to be traditional gym going. Really, you should try a bunch of different things and see what you actually like to do. The only activity you’ll do consistently, is one you actually look forward to! Lift weights, go for a hike, take a yoga class, take dance lessons, but don’t do it 7 days a week. You’re trying to make little changes. Forming habits that are sustainable. It’s the same with food. Instead of jumping right in to fasting or keto, just start cooking most of your meals at home from real ingredients. Control your portions a little. Then start reading and finding healthy recipes. You can absolutely try other fancy diets but in my opinion, they are not sustainable long term for most people. Are you really not going to eat carbs for the rest of your life? We’re trying to make changes that can stay part of your life basically forever. If you can’t picture yourself doing whatever diet or exercise routine you pick months or years from now, it’s probably not the best choice for you. If it doesn’t fit into your current schedule, it probably won’t work either. While this might be a beginning for you, there shouldn’t be an end date. If you want your changes to stay forever, you have to start habits you actually like!
This isn’t just for food and exercise. if you think of something you’ve always wanted to do, don’t fucking wait til next January! Start researching it today. Make plans this week. Jump into the void. Peel away the shit that doesn’t make you better. Add in new challenges that can improve your physical, mental, and emotional well being. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. That time will pass anyway.(Earl Nightingale) It’s not necessarily dissatisfaction. You can love where you're at and still recognize that there’s more to do. I’m very happy but want to do more. I want to be a little polymath. The clock is ticking. Pandemic be damned.
In the immortal words of Gorilla Biscuits -
“Next time I'll try
For the first time in my life
It won't pass me by
Procrastinate it can wait, I put it off
Let's start today, let's start today”