New Year, New Me?h


    Stop eating potatoes.

   That was my New Year’s resolution, given that I went to In-N-Out Burger twice every week and consumed a ridiculous amount of fries. Needless to say, I broke my diet 10 days later when I succumbed to In-N-Out’s Animal Style fries. According to Forbes, only eight percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. So why are New Year’s resolutions so popular?

   Personally, I think New Year’s resolutions are absolutely pointless. Why do you have to wait until the beginning of a new year to set a goal and try to accomplish it? It makes more sense to try some type of birthday resolution, since you’re turning a year older and you can pretend like you’ve matured, at least a little. Only a very small percentage of people actually achieve their resolutions.
So few, that the Internet makes fun of New Year’s
resolutions all together, some of them being:

   “My New Year’s resolution is to stop lying to myself about making lifestyle changes.”

   “Here’s to pretending that anything can change when the year changes.”

   “My New Year’s resolution is working out at the gym for two weeks and then making excuses to quit. See you next year, gym!”

   Perhaps it’s the low success rate that drives people’s motivations away. If you think you won’t achieve your goal, you would probably give up after a short period of time.

   So what’s the solution? Make a realistic resolution that you know you can keep. Now, I know that sounds simple and obvious, but it’s where people make their first, and last, mistake. Take my resolution, for example. Potatoes are an important source of Vitamin C, and avoiding potatoes for a year is practically impossible, as they come in different forms with almost any meal. A better goal would have been to limit eating Animal Fries as that was my biggest concern.

   Another important thing to remember is that you will cheat on your goal a couple times, no matter who you are. After a tough week, you might decide to skip your weekly Friday workouts, or even though you promised yourself to sleep at 10 p.m., you were too hooked on “Parks and Recreation” that you fell asleep at midnight. Here’s where it becomes the hardest, because you can easily fall back into your old habits and give up on keeping your resolution. But if you can get over that hurdle and push yourself to continue the new routine, you will pick it up as a new habit and you’ll be achieving your goal before you know it. Scientists say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so if you can just reach that benchmark, you are there.

   My new New Year’s Resolution: help other people keep their resolutions. I think I’m now on the

right track!