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What’s your New Month’s Resolution?

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Question of the weekI know I’m not the only one that falls prey to the start-over-tomorrow mentality which usually ends up to be an I’ll-start-monday declaration which lasts until about this time of year when it turns into the I-might-as-well-wait-until-the-New-Year phrase of defeat.

oh.how.I’ve.been.there.

But no more. I threw perfection out the window 5 years ago. That’s when I realized there would never be a PERFECT year, month, week or even day, I was able to get past all that nonsense. Yes… I said it… it’s NONSENSE. The sooner you realize everything is "on plan" the better. It ends the need to have a last hurrah. To eat everything in site because tomorrow you’ll "start fresh".

Poppycock. <— ohhhh how I LOVE that word. lol

If you want a darn slice of pie then have darn slice of pie, it doesn’t mean you "broke" your diet. It doesn’t mean you have to start over! It’s mean you ate a darn piece of pie. Simple as that. Skip the potatoes with dinner if you are worried about it. Don’t do the opposite and hunt down every sugary snack in your pantry because you “already ruined the day.” (yes… that’s what I used to do.)

I challenge you NOT to wait until the New Years to make your resolutions. I challenge you to make a New Month’s Resolution right now? Why not? What Makes Jan 1 any different then Dec 1? (Click here to read about my celebration of the New Month’s Eve)

Me? My new Month’s resolutions…

  • Keep up with my no eating in the living room rule. It’s been helping immensely with night time snacking but I have to admit I faltered a few times this week.
  • I’m starting a new boot camp class Saturday mornings at my local gym. I just hope I can shake this cough and fever before the first class this weekend!
  • I’m GOING TO BED EARLY. If it means not getting everything done, so be it. I can’t help but think my immune system is screaming at me to get more sleep by slapping me in the face with this case of bronchitis.

Ok… your turn… What’s your new Month’s Resolution?



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There are 37 comments so far.

    Alison

    November 30, 2009

    Mine came from this article, One Rule

    http://blog.fitzonenation.com/2009/11/citizenship-in-the-nation-one-rule.html

    Eat 9 fruits and veggies a day!

    Rather than thinking of what I don’t want to do I am going to focus I what I am going to do!

    Laura

    November 30, 2009

    Roni – thanks for that post – i have been really down in the dumps. I mean i am still dieting doing Jenny Craig it will be two years in January. Although the last 8 months have been BRUTAL weight wise for me, I can not lose, the scale is going in the opposite direction for me. It is so frustrating and so depressing. When i look at myself in the mirror i hate what i am seeing, especially since I know what i looked/weighed last year compared to now, it kills me. I am sticking to plan FINE during the week but weekends are so hard for me. I feel like a complete failure. I totally envy you! wish we lived in the same state so you could kick my rear in to gear and get me running!

    Valerie

    November 30, 2009

    My new month’s resolution is to finish what I started! I think I can handle one month of healthy eating and exercise. It isn’t as daunting as thinking it’s a forever thing. I also resolve to stop the negative talk. My body gave my two beautiful children! My body can run… not very far yet but it can run!!!!

    Arlene

    November 30, 2009

    My new month’s resolution?

    Track, track, track. I know tracking works … it helps me keep a handle on things. Yet I frequently stop doing it midday (sometimes even when the day is going well!).

    So my resolution for the month is to track daily … even on the days of the office holiday parties, when I’ll probably eat way too many Points.

    ashleigh

    November 30, 2009

    my resolutions are:

    workout 5 times a week, follow good health guidelines with a focus on getting my oil dairy and protein, and start strength training! i just posted these on my blog, check them out if you’d like!

    Camille Russ

    November 30, 2009

    Never posted before, but this topic seemed to come up at the perfect moment in my life.

    After witnessing my family struggle to simply EXIST in NYC while visiting over the Thanksgiving weekend, unable to walk, sightsee, or even stay awake for more than a few hours because of their weight and weight related illnesses, I resolved to take care of my body in ways that I haven’t before.

    I want to be able to move and move for a long long time. I want to be able to go up and down stairs for the rest of my life. I want to never have to apologize for holding someone back. I want my future children to not constantly worry about me…

    So today, the first of December, I got up and went for a run. and packed all my lunches for the week, scheduled all my workouts, and read a great book to keep my brain on its toes, too.

    I guess you could say I had an epiphany.
    It’s not about next week, or the next party, or the next wedding I’m attending, or reunion. It’s about long term living.

    Is it weird that that had not occurred to me before?

    Rollercoaster

    November 30, 2009

    I like it! Mine is going to be very simple. My goal is to get in the habit of taking a deep breath to relax before I start eating anything. I think it will help me eat more slowly, enjoy my food more and hopefully eat less. It’s amazing what a deep breath can do!

    Michelle@Eatingjourney

    December 1, 2009

    I am listening to my body. be it sleep, be it food, be it exercise. Thank you for writing this.

    akjess

    December 1, 2009

    This has helped me thank you!! I did just put on my tennis shoes on this morning with a skirt and just started walking….I have every diet book on earth – I’ve done WW 4-5 times- Ok so mine is just start walking be it 5 minutes or 50 walk. Valerie I loved what you said – its true my body gave me 2 children – we can do anything right!?!? Positive brings positive! Thank you for this!

    Cyndy

    December 1, 2009

    You are so right! Why do we throw in the towel when we have fallen slightly off track. I am so guilty of this. My December resolution is to completely give up drinking any type of soda pop (including diet) and absolutely no fast food! I also would like to get back to the gym before the January rush. Thank you for speaking so honestly. It’s so comforting to know I am not the only one with these crazy thoughts!

    Kat

    December 1, 2009

    Hi – I had a challenging weekend with a little too much indulging and the scale showed it this morning. I want to keep myself on track with my daily exercise and ideally lose 10 pounds between now and the end of the year. 10 is my stretch goal at this point and I will be happy with 5. I also want to stop beating myself up for past behaviors. I want to forgive and move on! Thanks for this post – it was helpful to me to put things in perspective and be clear about what I want.

    summer

    December 1, 2009

    Hi Roni, i’ve been following your blog for a while and just a month ago joined weight watchers. your posts keep me inspired and grounded at the same time. I was down 0.2 lbs this week. Hoped for more but i have vowed to stick with this long-term. my resolution this week/month is to stick with it, and learn from my mistakes. thanks Roni

    Julie - Big Girl Bombshell

    December 1, 2009

    My goals for the month of December is to keep the momentum going. I lost 1.8 lbs during the week of Thanksgiving.

    To keep my attitude in check, making peace with the tiniest of accomplishments.

    Continue with the Wii Fit daily and bump up to 46 minutes 3 days this week

    Keep writing on my blogs consistently, it keeps me in check

    Read other blogs to keep me motivated!

    Kerry

    December 1, 2009

    So many times I want to eat the ‘perfect diet’ – but what I eat doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be right for me at that time. My resolution for the month is to journal what I am eating each day, and why. I tried the Twitter thing for a few days and it didn’t work for me, but I have an old fashioned notebook in my bag and am going to do it. I know journaling helps me to dig into the deeper stuff.

    Jesscia

    December 1, 2009

    THANK YOU! For some reason, I needed to hear ( read) this!! Just because I ‘slip’ and eat something junky does NOT mean I will burn in Diet Hell! ( Heartburn, maybe) Now…resolution time! I will try to blog more faithfully. I blew the Thanksgiving Commitment ( BUSY DAY!) and quit using everything as an excuse to ” eat everything and anything not nailed down!”

    Runeatrepeat

    December 1, 2009

    My new month’s resolutions:

    1. Eat from a plate – EVERY TIME

    2. Get 7.5 hours of sleep (just the right amount)

    3. Listen to my hunger

    Alison

    December 1, 2009

    My New Month’s Resolutions are

    1. to remember a holiday is just that a day! I have a birthday this month as well so I have to not use the excuse. (thanksgiving got hard as we were at someone else’s house with the leftovers and no other real options for meals on friday)

    2. To enjoy what I do plan to eat, not just eat mindlessly

    3. To enjoy activity every day, best stress relief there is.

    4. Keep blogging, keep journalling no matter how “bad” it looks!

    Jen

    December 1, 2009

    Hi Roni-

    I have to say I’ve been reading your site for years, and have made several recipes of yours as well, so THANK YOU!

    I have a quite a few post-Thanksgiving resolutions. I turned 30 a couple of weeks ago, and really want to commit myself to a healthy lifestyle from here on out. To your point, I am not expecting perfection, but I know I can do better.

    Before my wedding a few years ago, I did the Couch-to-5k program. After the wedding, I went right back to the couch. I started back up yesterday, with a new pair of running shoes, and I’m excited about it. My best friend is now an official “runner” and it all started with C25K.

    I am also going to get back into yoga. I love it, and need to dedicate the time to it, for myself.

    Finally – I am done with biting my nails, for good! :)

    Here’s to a new month, and a new year committed to living healthy.

    Courtney

    December 1, 2009

    BLOG! I started a new blog that was friendlier for me to use and I’m loving posting! Today, I posted about not eating it if I’m “embarrassed” to take a picture of it. Man did that work for me last night! And I’m feeling so good about myself today!!! I am a busy busy teachermama, but I can do this for me!

    LG

    December 1, 2009

    Be IN BED by 10pm each night. Sometimes I get carried away with “just one more thing” which turns into a 45 minute distraction.

    Patsy

    December 1, 2009

    My New Month’s Resolutions are
    1. Journal Every Bite
    2. Drink at least 80oz of water daily
    3. Exercise at least 4-5 times a week.
    4. Enjoy Life.

    Megan

    December 1, 2009

    I want to thank you so much for this post. It was really right on with me right now. I am showing you some love on my blog and I made a list of resolutions. You are more than welcome to come by and check it/them out.
    Thanks.

    http://blessyourfatlittleheart.blogspot.com/2009/12/new-months-resolutions.html

    Blake

    December 1, 2009

    Love the “new month resolution” idea. One of my things I’m doing this month is taking pics of my food and posting them… need to stay accountable :) Hopefully there will be lots of pics of fruits and vegetable instead of lots of cookies and brownies!

    Colleen

    December 1, 2009

    Just last night I sat down and wrote a list of “choices” for the holiday season. I use the word choice to empower myself to make good decisions – it has been working better for me than a standard to do list because it focuses on things I can choose to do instead of restrictions and rules I may rebel against. One of my choices for the holiday season was health and fitness oriented – here it is:

    I choose to make health and fitness a priority this holiday season by making time for even just 20 minutes of exercise 4 to 5 times a week, by eating a well-rounded diet in which I plan for holiday splurges by eating breakfast each day, bringing lunch to work at least 3 times a week, by making healthy choices when I eat out and by getting a good nights sleep.

    Knowing the holiday season is crazy and hectic with lots of unexpected surprises I tried to make the list attainable yet motivating.

    Good luck with your new month resolutions :)

    Erika

    December 1, 2009

    I recently started making enough banana pancakes on Sunday to last me the week and I resolve to continue doing this and finding other healthy recipes.

    Sally

    December 1, 2009

    Ive gotten myself back on weight watchers today.. There couldnt be a more perfect day.. Its monday and december 1st! lol Besides i feel horrible from thanksgiving WEEK =\

    FatFitnessFood

    December 1, 2009

    Good for you Roni-those are great resolutions.

    Mine are:

    Get 10,000 steps everyday
    Eat within my allotted weekly points
    Make a to do list each night for the next day
    Do my best to complete the to do list
    Not talk negatively about myself

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    December 1, 2009

    Once that mindset really kicked in I realized that I could lose the weight and did.

    For me for the new month:

    – I want to run even though its going to get crazy.
    – I want to continue with my PT exercises after I finish my hip rehab.
    – I want to get back on a regular sleep schedule.
    – I want to set time limits on work and the internet to spend precious time with Hunni.

    Carolyn

    December 1, 2009

    My new month’s resolutions are to work out 5 days per week and get to a WW meeting every week.

    s

    December 2, 2009

    mine is to go to bed before 1 am.

    Tim Johnson

    December 2, 2009

    Hi Roni, Great post! I agree that there is no reason to wait until New Year’s to make a resolution. I also love your notion of forget perfection. It’s striking how many of the comments are from people beating themselves up from frustration or for not being perfect. Maybe that’s a resolution. Go with good enough. Just wanted to share also that we are launching a new site, Resolution Velcro, which helps people make their resolutions stick. We’ll go live Jan 1, of course, but are in soft launch mode right now. Check us out!

    All Women Stalker

    December 2, 2009

    It certainly took me many years to throw perfection out the window. But I have and it feels amazing! As for my New Month’s Resolution, I have a few that I always make a point to renew.

    1. No Red Meat.
    2. More Water.
    3. Sleep Early, Wake Up Early.
    4. Move that Body! Exercise!
    5. Love Myself. This is my favorite.

    -Denise

    Rhae

    December 3, 2009

    My resolution this month is to track what I eat, no matter what. Even if I eat something unplanned or I am already over my points for the day/week.

    and you look positively adorable in it!!

    Annie

    December 3, 2009

    ohhhhh what a great blog! a good quote about waiting until tomorrow “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease.” … I am sooooo into the on/off, good/bad, all in/all out, go/stop mentality… if I screw up one little bit, it’s like an excuse to binge… you know what I want? to have a normal relationship with food… that’s it… my resolution for December? MOVE MORE and make something fresh and new to eat every once in a while… Blog on!

    Marie

    December 4, 2009

    I feel like you always say exactly what I need to hear. I’ve been pretty down on myself lately, and unfortunately it leads to a massive intake of sweets. My husband is always telling me that I’m too hard on myself, which I know I am.

    My new years resolution, nothing to do with weight. I will start going to church again, and volunteering more often. Doing those things always made me feel better. Hopefully that will help me see that there is more to me than appearance.

    carrie

    December 5, 2009

    In October it was to workout everyday. I worked out more than ever–only missing 3 days. November I didn’t really have a goal. This month it’s to do cardio for 350 minutes, each week.