Jennifer Lee, MS RD LDN
New Year resolution failure rates are notoriously high. Let’s explore why…
Imagine you want to lose 30 pounds. To do this, you stop eating pancakes. At first, it’s easy. Your desire to lose 30 pounds is greater than your desire for pancakes. But, as time goes on, your cravings for pancakes get stronger. You get frustrated with your diet. You hunger for pancakes like Romeo hungers for Juliet. Denying yourself the sweet pleasure of pancakes just makes you want them more. You want pancakes and you want them now! So, you eat them. But, after you finish, reality sets in. You’ve failed. You lost sight of your goal. You spiral downward. You don’t understand where you went wrong. How did this happen?
I’ll tell you how it happened…
You denied yourself pancakes to the point where you desired them more than weight loss. In fact, you could say that you developed an unrequited love for pancakes. You lost sight of your initial goal because you were more focused on denying yourself pancakes rather than enjoying your weight loss pursuit.
So how do you do stay focused on your goal? Well, here is a suggestion…
After you pick a resolution, identify ways you can be happy while working towards it. For instance, if you want to lose weight, create fun ways to do it. Take a healthy cooking class; pair up with a friend and go on weekly walks together; join a running club; take a Yoga class; become a dog walker; hang out with likeminded people who help you stay on track. Do whatever you can to make your resolution FUN to achieve. After all, success is measured by the extent of your happiness. Enjoy the pursuit of your goal!