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Monday, January 01, 2007

Where has all the willpower gone?

Today marks the first day of a new year. Across the word people are starting their New Year's Resolutions. Of course, only 75% of those folks with resolutions will make it past the first week. Only 64% will make it past the first month.

The top resolutions tend to be about health, like I'll eat better or I'll diet or I'll stop smoking or I'll exercise on a regular basis. Then there are those resolutions like, I'll be a better friend, parent, spouse or I'll save money and get out of debt.

I've got my own resolutions for this year. I wonder if I'll be able to make it past the first week, the first month... I know that I'm not healthy. I know that I don't eat right. I know the ramifications of a poor diet. I know I'm at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. I'm not stupid. I know that fast food is bad. I know I should drink more water. I know that just 15 minutes of cardio workout a day would do wonders for me...

Why haven't I attempted to change before? Why do we wait for a new year?

I think I know why. I lack the willpower to accomplish these goals. I know that I should do things differently. I feel guilt when I eat too much sugar or sit on the couch watching a rerun when I could be taking the dog for a walk or stretching.

For some things it seems I have endless amounts of dedication - my job, my children, my husband. I can accomplish much... but when it comes to myself, I just lose that ability to remain focused and on task.

So, I'm not going to wish that you lose those inches off your waistline. I'm not going to hope that you eat greens each day. I'm not going to hope that you become a better person.

I'm only going to wish that you have the willpower and dedication to stay true to your desires. If we are able to keep the willpower strong, then we'll be able to achieve our new resolutions.

My resolution this year is that I increase my willpower to give me the strength I need to meet my goals.

Happy New Year and Good Luck!

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Anonymous Damien said...

Good words. You're issues are mine as well!! I need to walk or run daily and watch the salt and fat intake. Have a great New Year's! We're goin to Disneyland tomorrow, so maybe I'll start Jan. 3rd (LOL) just kidding.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You can borrow my willpower when you need it. Just holler.

I'm quite addicted to the gym. I rarely drink anything but water. Okay, I put too much in my mouth (especially chocolate), but I'm doing my best to stop that, too. And I hate TV.

So... if you need anything, holler. I'll try to be helpful as I kick you off the couch and around the block with the pooch.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

Willpower? Now THAT is going right to the source code to fix the monitor glitch, ain't it?

Me, I've resolved to lose my pooch.

Twenty pounds in 38 days, or something.

I've locked the beer up good and tight, and did my twenty minute run today for the first time in two years.

It sure felt horrible good!

Good luck with will power. That's a tough one.

10:13 PM  
Blogger heather said...

i think it's good to start with small changes first. take the steps instead of the elevator, eat 2/3 of your dessert instead of all of it, etc.

and on a more personal note, i wanted to lose weight forever, and finally did but on my own terms and not according to any particular plan other than: 15 minutes a day - not all cardio - at home, right before i showered. it was the perfect time to do it and i've lost an incredible amount of weight over the last year and a half. so again, small steps.

just something to think about. i know everyone is different. =) best of luck to you!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Sabrina said...

I found myself agreeing with a lot of that. I want to lose some weight, and I start off well enogh, but eventually something comes up and I start skipping the daily walk. I want to change, but my motivation to get out and exercise just isn't quite high enough. But most of my resolutions this year are centered around writing (like creating a blogspot to network a little more), and I have a lot of motivation for that. So unlike most years, I have high hopes for making it past the first month this time.

Happy New Year.

4:58 PM  
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