New Year Resolutions

Here we are… year 2018.  Where did 2017 go?  I swear I blinked and the entire year went by.  Let’s talk about New Year resolutions. Do you have one yet?  Are you going to make one?  I’m sure we’ve all had some experience with making a “New Year resolution” before.  Maybe we’ve failed one, maybe we’ve kept one, maybe we’ve never made one… However you find yourself when it comes to resolutions, it’s okay!

I am still contemplating exactly what I want my new year resolution to be for 2018.  I don’t typically make them because I tend to not keep them.  PLUS, 2017 was quite a monumental year for me so it almost feels like it’ll be hard to even stack up to last year. But here it is a new year and a time to start fresh again.  This year I’m not focusing on making these massive transformations because that was what I did in 2017.  I went from eating horribly and feeling awful about myself to eating healthy and losing 30 lb.  I went from a size 10 jean to a size 4.  I lost 8% body fat and went from an overweight BMI to a normal BMI.  I went from running on avg. 1-1.5 miles to training for my first half marathon and completing a 9 mile run recently.

Left: 159lb. in September 2016. Right: 129lb. in December 2017 post a 7 mile run

Did you know that the top two resolutions every year, nation-wide are to 1. Eat Better and 2. Exercise More?  Okay… that is kind of a given and you probably are thinking to yourself… DUH!  Everyone says that every year.  Well did you know that gym’s gain the majority of their memberships in January? Yep.  Did you also know that nearly 80% of people who start their gym membership in January quit by May? 5 months is the average time that people hold on to their gym memberships if it is their “new year resolution.”  That’s kind of sad isn’t it?  But… does it sound familiar?  Have you tried to lose weight and committed to being healthier this year only to see yourself fall short after a month or maybe even a week?  It’s not uncommon… in fact, it’s extremely common.

We live in a society today that craves the instantaneous.  We don’t like to do the work, we’d rather have the instant satisfaction.  We see this through our technology these days… smartphones where we have every single piece of information we could ever want at our fingertips instantly… we have watches that now can pay for our drinks at Starbucks or other places… there are apps that can have our orders ready for us before we even walk into the store… we have two-day shipping on products and are moving towards a same-day shipping.  We CRAVE instantaneous.  This is why we fall short on our resolution to lose weight or eat healthy.  What’s that old saying?  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  We cannot expect to be at our weight goal in a day.  Sorry, it doesn’t work like that.  We don’t have fairy godmothers that wave their wands and we instantly get the beautiful body we believe we deserve without doing the work.  Sorry to burst your bubble. 😦

Want to hear some scary statistics?

  • 95% of people who lose weight will gain it back within a month to a year
  • We spend upwards of $60 billion dollars each year on losing weight (gym memberships, weight loss programs, etc.)
  • We spend nearly $21 billion dollars on dietary supplements alone each year
  • Even having  gastric bypass surgery only comes with a 50/50 chance that you will keep the weight off.  50% of gastric bypass patients end up gaining back their weight and 50% of those who gain it back gain even more than they lost.

Those are not fun statistics.  I won’t lie, I was one of those statistics, I was part of that 95% group that lost some weight a while ago but then gained it all back plus more. Losing weight and eating healthy is a choice.  A choice we make EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  We control what food goes in our mouth.  We control what we spend our time doing.  That’s the beauty of free will… we have a choice.  You might be thinking to yourself, ‘yeah but you don’t know what I’m going through…’  You’re right, I don’t. But let me tell you about what I was going through and then maybe you will be able to relate.

If you knew me before 2017, you’d know that I HATED exercising and I LOOOOOVED potatoes, and sweets, and burgers, and pizza, and salads with LOTS of dressing, and carbs, and okay I’ll stop… you get the idea.  I never watched what I ate because for the longest time, I was lucky to have a pretty good metabolism.  It wasn’t until I got to college that I learned that the whole “freshman 15” is a real thing.  Before leaving college I had gained about 20 lb.  I tried to exercise here and there but to be honest, I hated it and I never saw results so I’d do it for about a week and then I’d quit.  I met my husband and he has always been a pretty healthy person so he pushed me to be a little healthier.  I grew up going out to eat a lot and he grew up eating in most of the time.

After we got married, it took a while for me to get used to eating more at home and actually cooking.  Let me tell you… I was a BAD cook.  I could follow recipes but I knew nothing about food in general. I think we spent so many nights eating chicken and vegetables that were so bland and boring.  I feel like I should apologize to my husband for how bad of a cook I was. LOL!  I hit my rock bottom last year, December 2016 where I hated how I looked, how I felt, I hated that I cried in the dressing room every time I tried on clothes, I hated how hard I would struggle with breathing just climbing a flight of stairs, I hated that I knew nothing about food or how to get out of the rut I was in, I hated my anxiety and how it was affecting my life… I could write an entire post on how horrible I felt and what I hated about myself.

I shared my story with some important people in my life and got a lot of encouragement to make the change.  I HAD to come to the realization that I was going to have to put in a lot of hard work to make a change.  CHANGE TAKES TIME!  There is no other way around it.  If you want to lose weight, be prepared to work your butt off (literally!) No one is going to do it for you! It’s going to take months of feeling sore, miserable, tired and just plain exhausted from working out.  It’s going to take every single ounce of willpower to not eat unhealthy foods.  I knew when I started my journey that it was going to suck.  I won’t sugar coat it… it did suck.  I worked out 5 days a week and I was sore, exhausted, miserable but my energy started to increase, I was able to work out longer and harder the more and more I did it.  It will take time, cut yourself some slack!  If you make a mistake and have an off day, start fresh again the next day.  Surround yourself with people who support you and will push you!

I am here to be your coach, your mentor, your guide.  If you’re interested in learning more about healthy foods, try doing a Whole30.  If you need encouragement to workout each day, let me know and I can be that encouragement!  Fill out my Contact form and I would be happy to reach out to you!

What are my resolutions for 2018? 

  1. Run my first half marathon – scheduled for Feb. 11th

  2. Run a second half marathon

  3. Work on devoting my time to things that bring me joy and say no to other things

  4. Be intentional about where/how I spend my time

  5. Read 30 books

My final encouragement to you is to think long and hard about your new year resolution.  Make 2018 the year that you focus on yourself and your health!  Make it count!

Until next time!

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