Happy New Year, dear readers. I hope that your holiday was joyous and that you have launched into 2018 with resolutions that you can reach.
I’ve got a few short-term and long-term goals linked to self-care and caring for others. I know I’ll reach some of the goals and then artistically rationalize why I did not reach the others.
You too probably joined countless people around you (and around the world) who vowed to eat better and exercise more. In 2017, according to statisticbrain.com, folks committed to these five New Year’s goals the most: lose weight/healthier eating; life/self-improvements; better financial decisions; quit smoking; do more exciting things; and, spend more time with family/close friends.
Did you commit to one of these resolutions, too? I did. Did you map out an ambitious plan to reach your resolutions and start out with gusto. Or not. (I’m in the not lot.)
New Year’s resolutions just don’t work for me, the same way Valentine’s Day doesn’t inspire me to profess my love to my husband and children more than every other day. New Year’s resolutions actually have a negative effect: Seconds after I resolve to do something, I do just the opposite to an extreme.
“I’ll exercise more.” – Binge-watch Stranger Things
“I’ll eat fewer carbs and less sugar.” – Make triple batch of icing-coated sugar cookies
“I’ll organize my closets.” – Shove all house miscellany into foyer closet
before company arrives (for months)
But I am not alone.
Good intentions peak at the new year and then fizzle most of the time. According to U.S. News and World Report, approximately 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February.
I don’t want to be among that 80 percent. I want to be in the success percentage, especially when it comes what I eat and how much I exercise.
The good news: Hanover Magazine is going to help me and five lucky readers get back to our self-care resolutions and make them stick.
Under the guidance of Club 2000 Health & Fitness Center, five readers and I will commit to either 15 minutes, 25 minutes, or 45 minutes a day, three days a week for one month and ease
on down our road to better health. Given my current physical inertia, I’m going to commit to
25 minutes a day for one month.
Join me, five lucky readers. Be mentored, cheered and held accountable along the way.
Learn more about the 15, 25, 45 Challenge in the next issue of Hanover Magazine, and let’s make a resolution we can keep.
Lisa Moody Breslin