I’m officially sick and tired of the “New Year New You!” mantra plastered over Fitness and Health Magazines every January. Gyms and health clubs are guilty of these slogans and promotions too. You walk into any gym for that matter in the month of December and January and there are specials and deals going on usually meant to entice that vulnerable gym newbie who wants to accomplish the usual for the new year: lose weight.
This time I’m going to do it. This time I won’t give up and I won’t give in and I’ll diet and I’ll workout everyday and I won’t stop.
But every year, usually in mid February, they do stop. They slack off . They don’t have support at home. They get caught up at work. They stop coming to the gym. They fall off the wagon. They give up and they feel like they failed.
This vicious cycle creates a sort of animosity I have noticed among the frequent gym
freaks patrons. Comments are made, looks are exchanged and gestures are made. Granted of course, not everyone does this. I am generalizing here. But speaking from the standpoint of a trainer, I can assure you there are people out there who really look down on those people coming to the gym for the first time and treat them like the plague. I have witnessed this juvenile behavior from adults more times than I care to remember.
This time around, how about we make a resolution to leave the NYE’ers (New Years Resolutioners, yeah I just made up that word) alone and let them be. No approach. No pouncing. Just letting people do their own thing with no judgement.
For those looking to lose weight, you can start January 1st but why set yourself up for failure? I had repeatedly told my consultations “I highly recommend you start out really slow with this long term goal” in the beginning of January. They wanted no part of that. They wanted results and they wanted them quickly. I’ve heard from many people “Oh no, I’m going to come here everyday for this entire month. Otherwise I won’t come at all!”
Pretty sure you can guess what happened. They came in for about a week straight and then POOF! they were gone. What a waste of time, money and effort.
If you have tried to lose weight every January unsuccessfully, then perhaps a new approach is needed. My best advice is baby steps. Break it out into phases. And don’t call it a resolution. That word itself carries with it such a stigma of “Ugh, not THIS time of year again!” Just call it what it is: a goal.
Ask yourself: Have you ever MET anyone who actually stuck to their Resolution? I mean really stuck with it? Maybe I’m in the minority but I have found people stick with their goals when they start them when the TIME is right, and usually, it’s not January 1st. Start when the time is right for you. Don’t let any of these magazines, tv shows, (ahem Biggest Loser), co-workers, family, friends, social media..tell you that “The Time to start is January 1st!! ”
No, the time to do it is when YOU decide. When YOU are in a good place mentally and financially (yes its going to be an investment) to do it YOUR way.
Oh and in case you were wondering, the best month to make your new years resolution? August. According BusinessWeek.com here http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-25/how-to-keep-new-years-resolutions-make-them-in-august
Mini Update on Me, because, lets just admit this is all about me: Currently awaiting my new meal plan since it’s been almost a month since hiring my Coach.
The “Lose 5bls between Thanksgiving and January 3rd” bet I have going with my friend Craig is in the bag. That’s $20 is as good as mine since I’ve actually lost 7lbs.
Aiming to lose 1 more by the 3rd since I hate odd numbers.
Probably one more post coming before the end of 2012.