I got this survey from BodyNutrition.org looking at what people are doing for their New Year’s Resolutions that I found very interesting. Let’s go over a few of these and then I’ll tell you my resolutions as we move into the new year.
Obstacles to New Years Resolutions
A few things here caught my eye. Almost nobody is worried about social obligations. Probably because we’ve become a nation of hermits who stare at our phones. Work obligations was clearly the biggest obstacle but more for men than women. But the thing that really jumped out at me was that the biggest obstacle for women is anxiety and depression. More than work or family or anything else. That is terrible! Especially when you consider one path out of anxiety and depression for many people is to stop eating foods that spike blood sugar and cause inflammation and start a habit of regular exercise. It’s certainly not a cure-all but I’ve seen many people dramatically change their mood and outlook on life by doing those simple things.
New Year’s Food Resolutions
So here’s the food resolutions people chose. Biggest one is drinking more water and I’m a fan of that, especially if “more water” means less soda or other sweetened drinks which I think is the biggest culprit in most people’s weight loss plateaus. Also, removing sugar and processed foods from your diet is certainly a big deal. Eat foods that existed a 1000 years ago and don’t eat foods invented in the 20th century. (or 21st I guess.) It looks like more people are committing to Preparing their own foods. Yes! Don’t let clowns feed your family! Don’t get your food from drivethru window! Buy ingredients, prepare the meal, sit down and eat it, preferably with family at the same table. If you don’t have time, buy an instant pot and learn a few recipes (Here’s a great book I use.)
Something else that scored high is prepping meals in advance, that is something else I can help with! If you sign up for my email, I will send you a 7 day meal prep plan and then you will get 6 more over the next few weeks. This is totally free and just something I provide for people who are new to this way of eating. I am not a gourmet so these are stupid simple recipes that can be prepared in a few minutes. I’m not a fan of spending hours in the kitchen. You can do that here.
My New Year’s Resolutions
So what are your New Year’s Resolutions? I’ve talked about my big one a little in previous posts but I will be spending January celebrating World Carnivore Month and just eating meat, eggs, and maybe a little cheese. I’m actually looking forward to it a great deal and might start a day or 2 early. I’ve also gotten a squat rack for my backyard gym so once my new barbell comes in on the 4th I’m going to get back to my StrongLifts workouts with Kettlebells and Jump Ropes mixed in. My big goal for the year is to get back under 200 lbs but this time with a lot more muscle so I’m (hopefully) not as prone to weight rebound. I really want my waist to get down to half my height which would be about 35″ but I think I’ll be happy if I can get it within 4″ of that. It would be nice to have a waist smaller than 40″ because I don’t think that’s happened in my adult life.
So I’ll ask again. what are your goals for the coming year? Let me know in the comments below!