We are well into the New Year, which means, if you’re anything like the 80% of people who give up on their New Year’s resolutions by February, you’ve probably slipped once or twice already—and not just on our slick ice earlier this month.
Now that the holidays have ended and we’ve indulged in all those holiday goodies it’s time for that New Year’s resolution. The number one resolution among Americans is to lose weight. It’s something that over a third of the population hopes to achieve each year.
A new year is upon us and if you are like most of us, you may be thinking of making some New Year’s Resolutions. While you may be contemplating trying something new in 2016, maybe a better way of thinking about your resolutions should be, “What should I give up?”
I have a confession. I have not exercised since basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in 1971. Just didn’t see the need. I’d always been slim, felt healthy, and motored through life without all that stretching and lifting and huffing and puffing. Then I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Even if you have firm resolve and the best intentions, as well as all sorts of support systems and opportunities to help you meet your goal (see our previous post), it’s hard (very hard!) to maintain discipline over the long haul.
So we’re only barely into the New Year, but it doesn’t take long for old habits to creep back up and nudge good intentions out of the way. Researchers who track this kind of thing say that nearly 62 percent of us make some New Year’s resolutions