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Lose weight easily with...New Year's Resolutions? Do they really work?

Updated on January 17, 2015

What was YOUR first Resolution?

What was your first Resolution?
What was your first Resolution? | Source
Let the party begin!
Let the party begin! | Source

End Of Year Frivolities

Oh, those "End of Year Frivolities"!

I blame the month of December for creating the perceived necessity in our minds for New Year's Resolutions and the subsequent failure of accomplishing most of these.

With the on-sue of the "Holiday Season" and the good old "Christmas Spirit", even the most non-religious person out there in the Western World will find it difficult to escape the barrage of invitations, both real or subliminal, to enter into the frivolities of the season. What chance have we got of ignoring the carnival of alluring temptations that are coming our way during the month of December, the "Pre-New Year's Resolution Month"?


My weakness!

Chocolate on chocolate!
Chocolate on chocolate! | Source
Decorative holly beside some...chocolate, so that must be OK.
Decorative holly beside some...chocolate, so that must be OK. | Source

Decadent December!!

So the scene is being set for overindulgence. The party season, par excellence, has begun. We are enticed from all sides and by every medium possible into starting our "Christmas shopping" early, to avoid disappointment:. In this way, the 'festive season' can begin in a fervent shopper's mind around mid-November!

We are coaxed into ordering the festive bird (not sure the bird would agree with that adjective) in plenty of time from an organic, animal-friendly establishment. Reduced prices and special offers abound to make it even easier for us to stock up on the Christmas puddings, mince pies, stuffings and the like. I would just like to give a special mention here to the star of MY holiday-season show: chocolate, chocolate and, did I already mention, chocolate?

In the name of Christmas, we are obliged, yes, obliged to enter into some type of frenzied state of buying and consuming double-extra of everything we have been trying to avoid or cut down on for the previous eleven months. Including last January! And all of this whether we want to or not. (Have you ever notice that CHristmas and CHocolate begin with the same consonant blend?)

Losing weight easily using NYRs!

You too can weigh this little....on another planet!
You too can weigh this little....on another planet! | Source


But it's not all bad news because there is an escape route. A fool-proof escape route! There really is a way to "have my cake AND eat it".

Have you not guessed how I manage to persuade myself that it is okay to overindulge a little in December. My secret is..., and I daresay it may be the hidden secret of many others, that I have immunity! Immunity to all the damage that December may bring to my scales by December 31st every year.

My immunity resides in the pure conviction I have that I will've guessed it....lots of New Year's Resolutions (also known as NYRs in trendy circles) to drastically reduce any damage caused to the scales, and my jeans, in Decadent December. Oh, the dizzy joy I feel just thinking that the pounds will fall off, effortlessly, (because I will have made my New Year's Resolution o Lose Weight Fast in January, and I will be sticking to it...or so I believe, in December.

Negative effects of NRYs on weight-loss

As in all the guaranteed weight-loss methods which claim spectacular results in minimum time, there are always going to be negative effects. And this NYR method is no exception.

I convinced myself through the pre-NYR phase that all would be well and that I would be able to watch the pounds fall like flakes of yuletide snow from my waist and nether regions. I firmly believed I would be able to comply with my NYRs of; 1) Reducing calorie intake to 1000 cals per day; 2)exercising 5 days a week at my local gymnasium 3; jogging around the park for two hours per day at the weekend.

Needless, really needless to say that on day 16 of said NY, I have accomplished my goals at a rate of 3 days from a potential 16.

Does this make me a failure and send me hurtling towards left-over boxes of chocolate (did I mention chocolate again?) Not likely. I am made of sterner stuff and to prove it I hereby declare all previous NYRs null and void.

NewNYRs (or NNYRs)

Common sense and logic have finally kicked in and I am on the threshold of making much more reasonable NYRs.

1) Reduce quantity of processed foods and begin to make more healthy food choices.

2) Greatly increase quantity of fruit and vegetables in my diet.

3) Incorporate gradually more exercise into my daily routine at least 3 times a week.

Now this sounds much more reasonable and DOABLE.

Choosing a healthy life-style is a life-long choice, not only for the month of January, so it has to be attractive, reasonable and feasfible.

For 12 months of the year.

Make this a New Year Resolution

Nutrition Pyramid showing reccommended amounts of food items to incorporate into life-style.along with exercise at least 3 times a week.
Nutrition Pyramid showing reccommended amounts of food items to incorporate into life-style.along with exercise at least 3 times a week. | Source


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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Loved your post and yes most of us break our own rules during the festive seasons. Reduce quantity of processed foods is a great tip, and for me a daily walk for at least 30 minutes. Voted up!

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      Marie Ryan 3 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Yes, Chriswillam90, I'm sure we aren't the only ones with this on the top of our list!

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      Krzysztof Willman 3 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Great article as weight loss is constantly on my New Year's resolution list. Thanks for the tips.