are you still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and it’s been well over 21 days since the start of 2016. So how many new (healthy) habits have you gotten into? If you’ve actually successfully made some of your resolutions into habits, I encourage you to enlighten the rest of us and tell us about it in the comments.

Here are the Top 10 New Years Resolutions as compiled by Statistic Brain, and my own personal opinion on some of them (I am very opinionated, and love to put in my two cents)

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2015
1
Lose Weight
2
Getting Organized
3
Spend Less, Save More
4
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5
Staying Fit and Healthy
6
Learn Something Exciting
7
Quit Smoking
8
Help Others in Their Dreams
9
Fall in Love
10
Spend More Time with Family

Let’s combine #1 and #5 as they pretty much go hand in hand. Gyms probably sign the most of their contracts in the first week of January thanks to all the “resolutionists” who decide it’s time to take their health into their own hands. This also means that January is the most overpacked time at the gym, and all the regulars pretty much hate you. Do you really need to wake up hungover and 10lbs heavier after the holidays on January 1st to realize that now is the time to dish out $500 on a gym membership? Girl, you should have made that decision months ago. I wanna see how many people were in the gym every single day in December and didn’t overeat on Christmas Eve – those are the real heroes!

#2 – Getting Organized. From my own personal experience, and being quite unorganized (but organized in my own way), January is NOT the time to make that change. It’s called “Spring Cleaning” for a reason. I’m not going to spend one of the coldest months of the year trying to re-organize my life. It’s just not going to happen. If I can’t wear booty shorts and get a tan while cleaning out my car, I don’t see it a fit time to get “organized”. Don’t get me wrong, you can improve your organizational skills every single day, and you should, but just because you fall off track by February 1st, doesn’t make you a hopeless case.

#3 Spend Less, Save More. That’s something, along with getting fit and healthy, you should have resolutionized on December 1st. Just sayin’.

#9 Fall In Love. Did you seriously put “Fall in Love” on your resolutions? You don’t just DECIDE that you will fall in love in the next 365 days – and if you do, then you’re not really falling in love. Love catches you off guard, when you least expect it, when you are not looking for it. I hate to turn into one of those pathetic “fate brought us together” kind of person, but it is what it is. By looking for somebody, or trying to turn somebody you know into something they are not, you are not doing yourself any favours. If you’re single, enjoy the goddamn moment, live life to the fullest (resolution #4), and stop looking!

#7 Quit Smoking. I will never respect anybody who waits until January 1st to quit smoking. None of this transition, wear a patch, load of crap! My uncle quit cold turkey one day, just because he caught himself feeling stupid while having a cigarette, and you can too.

The point is, you don’t need to wait until January 1st to make positive changes in your life, or consider yourself a failure if you’re not happily married by March. Everyday is a new opportunity for “resolutions”, and if on April 23rd you decide you need to get back into shape, then on April 24th your a– better be in the gym after a cup of oatmeal with berries. Most importantly, try to separate the things that are in your control from the things completely out of your control – sometimes we can’t dictate the things that happen to us, and it shouldn’t mean that we didn’t fulfill our resolutions.

So what positive change are you going to make in your life today?

 

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