New year, same me

Halen Doughty

With the new year often comes new year's resolutions. Come January 1, we can all expect to see our friends take to social media to announce their new diet plant, gym routines, and other self-improvement strategies. But do they work?

In my opinion, no.

I don't believe in new year's resolutions, just based on my personal experiences with them. For one, we always seem to set incredibly lofty goals for the new year. I've seen plenty of people who have never set foot in a gym try to run three miles every day. Other times, I've seen people who can't even spell salad try to go vegan overnight. For some reason it seems people try to completely change themselves in one day, and that is never going to work.

What happens after people fall short of those goals is even more discouraging. Too many times, we set high expectations for ourselves, and when things don't work out the way we planned, we give up altogether. You didn't do so hot with your Pinterest meal prep plans, so screw it, get a Big Mac. It's like people abandon all hope if they don't achieve what they set out to, and that's no way to start a new year.

Another new year's fail is shelling out big bucks to try to meet these goals. Some people waste hundreds of dollars on protein shakes that never get made or work out clothes that never get used. Of course we all know how many people purchase annual gym memberships in January only to give up in February. Setting unrealistic goals to change your life in a day can not only set you up for disappointment, it can hurt financially as well.

Aside from making resolutions and not meeting them, I find it odd that people pick one day to turn over a new leaf. Eating healthy come January 1 doesn't do nearly as much good if you stuff your face for a month before. Then there's the whole, I'm going to quit smoking next week, but let me puff away for the next few days.

The question I would ask to those making resolutions for the new year is why wait? There is no perfect day to better yourself. It starts with today. Putting off important life changes that need to be made only delays the effect further.

I choose to better myself every single day, and I don't need a new year, a new week, or a new month to start changing myself for the better. But for the most part, these things take time. If you're setting resolutions and expecting to see results in a week or a month, that's not likely to happen. Start today and be patient. Change will come overtime, and the less you dwell on it, the better.

So get off the scale, hold off on buying a year's worth of meal replacements, and take it one day at a time starting with today.

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