It’s that time of year again. The time when the stress and joy of the holidays starts to fade, and the excitement of a brand new year begins to diminish. By this time, you’ve likely gone back to your normal routine and have made one (or more) New Year’s resolutions that you are trying to stay committed to. This time of year is also the time that those resolutions begin to fall by the wayside. The excitement of a new beginning, and “new year, new you” doesn’t seem to be as relevant anymore.
At this point, “Quitter’s Day,” AKA the second Friday in January, has come and gone. This day, defined by research conducted by Strava, is the day when motivation begins to falter and people begin to give up on their New Year’s resolutions. We caught up with celebrity nutritionist, BOU partner, and founder of Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman to discuss New Year’s resolutions, Quitter’s Day, and how to set more achievable goals that will set up for better success in the long run.
In your opinion, why do people start to quit their resolutions in mid-January?
Mostly, they just set you up to fail, and resolutions are right up there with the concepts of willpower and guilt-free eating in my book. Big thumbs down all around. I actually cringe when I hear clients vow to “never eat chocolate again” or “give up carbs forever”. Most of these types of new year’s resolutions are broken or forgotten before Valentine’s Day because they're simply too extreme.
What advice would you give for maintaining resolutions - especially when it comes to the popular ones like: "eating healthier" & "cooking more"?
Don’t buy into fads or try something you don’t want to do forever. Instead, take the time to acknowledge your diet history and figure out what didn’t work in the past, so you don’t keep repeating the same diet mistakes.
Learn to listen to your body, rather than that infomercial promising a brand new you in two short weeks. Specifically, I’m talking about Hunger Quotient (HQ). Everybody has one at all times, and it’s a tool that may be one best ways to lose weight, if that’s your goal.
Do you think it's better to set a long-term goal as a New Years resolution or some smaller short term ones?
Begin to improve a little with small goals, resolutions, and intentions that are guaranteed to bring out the best you. For example, if you’re already into healthy eating and feel your balanced diet is super strong, bring it up a notch by trying to get 2 cups of dark green leafy’s and 5-7 servings of veggies each day. If you’re weak in the sleep department, set yourself up with a sleep hygiene ritual to improve your shut eye.
Do you believe in "new year, new you" or is there another more realistic motto you think this should be?
I believe that focusing on the end point, rather than the process is why most resolutions fail. Rather than wanting to completely overhaul who you are, know that lasting changes come from making small changes to your current lifestyle. Everything is a process.
If you set resolutions this new year, and you’re noticing that they’re starting to feel more and more unachievable, consider taking some of Keri’s advice! Try making smaller and more attainable changes that will ultimately lead to lasting change. If eating healthier is one of your goals or resolutions this year, try setting smaller goals like making it a point to cook at home a couple times a week rather than eating out. Our BOU cubes make it so easy to create quick, delicious, and hassle-free meals. We value and understand the many reasons people Whether you're a novice chef, or you cook all the time, our cubes are the ultimate kitchen staple and will add amazing flavors to anything you whip up.
By Carlyn Shear, Content Manager