“happy new year!” … are we still saying that? I heard somebody at the airport ask the same question when I was traveling. He asked the the guy on the other line, is it too late to still be saying this? - it’s only…. 13th of January. Well I think it's never too late since I haven't seen any of you yet this year but, I have been meaning to say lots and lots of things.
You know, New Years is a season of expectation and anticipation, sometimes almost too much anticipation. Like I get it, it's a reset where we can evaluate how we've done in the past year and set new goals, but it seems as though there's this looming expectation for us all to do everything that we haven’t done in the last year or years of our lives ALL at once and achieve it, ALL!
We decide to kick every bad habit that we have, lock the liquor cabinet (or have ‘dry January’), hit the gym, eat better, be better people, be more successful, hope for better things, start the things that we have always said we would but haven't, and pretty much everything else that we can think of - or maybe that's just me. If you're thinking what I'm thinking, that sounds hugely daunting!
Downfall of a New Year
No, forget all the S.M. a R.T. goals but even the smartest goals won't help me feel positive about that.
nobody talks about about (OH my goodness), what if you wake up on the other side of the new year, and it’s JANUARY. it's grim and grey. and it’s the coldest time of the year in most places (not Australia). You don't feel like setting any goals or tackling the mountain of things that you haven't done.
I was really encouraged after coffee with food-friend, Vincci. (cecinestpasunfoodblog.com). It made the new year seem more achievable!
It's more difficult to break bad habits, than it is to form new healthy ones. Recently, we've been talking about culture and society in food at school, and this involves knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours. What this means is just because we know something is good for us doesn't mean it changes how we think about it or behave. For instance we know that eating healthy & drinking less, and getting active is better for us, but so many other things in our environment or daily lives get in the way of that happening.
Before you know it, you’re at the till in tesco/superstore after work, and you’re crumbling to the temptation of one little bit of mars bar ;P Is it not easier to form new habits? You don’t have to go cold turkey and never touch a drink again! Just focus on moving towards a new little thing, like eating one more serving of veg a day, or maybe just ONE beer this week ;)
Get a buddy for motivation!
My point: new years resolutions are frustrating when we don't stick to them. December doesn't have to be the month to live it up and detox later. Maybe a constant dose of sanity and fun along the way and we don't have to put so much pressure on in January.
Tell me, what you have all signed on for and committed to this January?
.... P.S. I should also show you how we (ATE) rang in the new year, right??