New Year New Me: The Reality of Resolutions

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Is 2017 the year for all of your dreams to come true? Andrew Davies explores the truth on how to really conquer this year, no guilt included…

If I had a pound for every time someone asked me what my New Year’s resolution is I’d be a millionaire.

Actually, I’d probably only have £3 but that doesn’t sound as good. Yes folks it’s that time of year again. All around the country, people will be testing the new gym equipment they got for Christmas, and television is adorned with Activia adverts telling you to get rid of that “bloated feeling”.

To be honest with you, I don’t have an answer to the question I’ve been asked three times.

Smashing new year’s goals…

I stopped setting New Year’s resolutions a couple of years ago due to the fact that I, like the majority of Earth, am hopeless at sticking to them. Yes I’ve tried the whole “be more active” and “be healthier” but have accepted the fact that neither of those things go hand in hand with me. Whilst I could be out on a run during a cold, rainy day, I could also be in bed watching Downton Abbey with a Dominos. I tend to think of this as exercise for the stomach.

For me, the main problem with the resolutions that people set themselves is that they’re hopelessly unattainable.

Don’t get me wrong, I do encourage a healthy lifestyle. But let’s face it, nobody can go from couch potato to Mo Farah just by adorning some brightly coloured lycra from Sweaty Betty. Ultimately, it’s the lack of Mo Farah-ness that disheartens people and all new year’s resolutions are thrown out the window by tucking into a rather unhealthy pie.

Image courtesy of Jessica Matalon

So what can be done?

From my (un)professional viewpoint, the best resolutions are always the little ones. Such as, “I’m going to laugh more”, or “I will try not to be as annoyed by Kylie Jenner’s inflatable lips”. Despite being less drastic than striving to change one’s lifestyle, they are (in general) easier to stick to and therefore more likely to be achieved. Small resolutions also put less pressure on the subjected person.

What’s important to remember is that the only person that you’re going to let down by not completing your resolution is yourself. So, it’s probably easier to set yourself a challenge you’re likely to complete. Giving yourself the resolution to get a girlfriend, for example, is not a good idea.

I did this once… it’s safe to say I was unsuccessful on that front.

Finally, I would just like to say that whatever resolution you set yourself, I admire you deeply and you have my full support. I do genuinely believe that anybody can change their lifestyle if in the right mindset. I’m just a bit salty because I find carbs too tempting to be a healthy eater. I would also say that it’s completely okay to not have any resolutions for 2017. One of my favourite mottos is ‘you do you’, and if that means having take away more often then not, then embrace the unhealthiness. In fact, I’ll probably ask to join you.

Sorry not sorry