New Year’s Resolutions and Why They Suck

I have never been the type of person to complete a task, let alone a New Year’s resolution. I do enjoy the excitement behind creating a plan that will one day make you look like a million bucks or a small accomplished goal. But, that doesn’t happen for a few reasons; I’m a lazy person at heart and if something requires a huge life change (i.e. waking up an hour earlier) then I’m not going to succeed in the resolution.

Last year, I made a resolution that I would make an effort in the way I looked and would treat my body better. I think I lasted until mid-February before new things and people were brought into my life. Since then, I have been living a life of “if it makes me happy at the moment, I won’t say no to it.” By living that type of lifestyle, I have done so many things that I never would have experienced otherwise.

I’ll admit, there was some weight gain, a few rough weeks where I was unhappy, but as cliche as this sounds, I would never change it for the world. 

Why do resolutions suck? They’re unrealistic when you make them and are often filled with generic things, including getting better sleep or not drinking soda for an entire year. I have done healthy-eating resolutions where I would eat a certain way for the beginning of the year as a way of giving my body time to detox in preparation for a healthy year. I struggled through the month attempting to eat everything but meat, dairy, bread, processed food, and more restricted items. I didn’t lose any weight during this time; in fact, I’m pretty sure I added a pound or two during the detox. 

The reason why I used to do these detoxing months was because I had a successful time the first time I ever did it. I was changing my diet drastically to fit in a costume that was form-fitting and hugged me in places where I didn’t want people to see any fat. So, I did this intense diet and worked out 3 to 4 times a week to shed enough weight in about 2 months. While it sounds unhealthy, I think I was in the best shape I had been in years. I had more energy, slept better, and had a better attitude. But, that only lasted until the moment it was time to wear the costume. 

But now, I’m tired of being this person who needs to make a resolution to make my year “better”. Why can’t I just say, “Hey, it’s a new year, time to enjoy it.”

Not all New Year’s resolutions are negative. Some are great and push people or businesses to be better than they were the previous year, and that’s great! But, in terms of personal resolutions, we often focus on the negative aspects of our lives and attempt to work on those parts so that we are perfect by the end of the year. I don’t think that’s something we should focus on and that’s why these resolutions suck today. 

However, while I say I don’t like resolutions, I’m still going to continue to work on myself but without broadcasting to the world of what I’m doing. I want to keep these personal goals to myself or close friends as I go through them. I’m not putting a timeline on them, nor will I restrict myself from living a happy lifestyle. You just won’t be able to hold me accountable because you won’t know what I’m doing and that’s okay. Any changes I make will be for me anyways

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