Apparently, 25% of us lose steam after seven days, giving in to a big slice of cake rather than going to the gym.
I’m not surprised. If you’re anything like me then you probably thought of the New Year as a time to change about 100 areas of your life; get fit, eat better, be a better wife/sister/daughter/friend, read more, stop worrying so much.
No wonder resolutions fail when we put so much pressure on ourselves – no one can possibly achieve all those goals, not even if you give them a year.
It reminds me of an article I read years ago that said willpower was a muscle and that it can only undertake a certain amount of exertion before it’s tired out and depleted.
If I’m using all my willpower on trying to be a better person then I don’t have the energy to exercise.
So this year, I’m only going to make one resolution: have fun. Actually make that, have fun and be happy.
The year-long spending ban I’m on already means I’m getting a handle on my finances and because I’m cycling everywhere I feel like I have a handle on the ‘get fitter’ goal. I’m also meal planning like a demon which means I should eat better over the course of the year too – no late night drunken trips to the chip shop for me!
In fact ‘have fun and be happy’ is a resolution I wish for everyone and it’s one that I don’t think will wear out the willpower muscle too quickly!
Happy New Year everyone