How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

I never do New Year’s resolutions.  I used to resolve to exercise more, watch less TV, eat less, whatever, but by day four I was typically laying across the couch entranced in a Real World marathon, hands and mouth sticky from my second box of Crunch-n-Munch.

I’ve never been able to keep my resolutions, so I gave up trying.

But this year is going to be different.  I have a plan.

I’ve realized over the years that if I’m going to make any change in my life it has to start with what I believe. If I don’t believe something to be true then my heart won’t be in it and I won’t change my habits for the long-term. And I have no self-control. So this year’s resolutions will be about changing what I believe.

I love junk food, I love Cherry Pepsi, and I love fast-food, particularly McDonald’s.  McDonald’s holds a special place in my heart. It’s nostalgic, quick, cheap, keeps me sane with their Playplaces, and tastes stinking AWESOME. But it’s bad for me.

But, is it really that bad?

I’m going to attempt to make myself believe that yes, it is indeed bad for me, as are sugar and processed foods.

My 2013 goals: 

- Eat healthier (less sugar and processed foods)
- Exercise two to three times per week.
- Lose 10 pounds by committing to the previous two goals.

Here’s what I’m going to do:

1. Don’t start on January 1st.  Forget that crap. I’ll still be celebrating. Exercising and throwing out all my Christmas candy is not a celebration.  I’ll continue to lay on the couch and gorge myself with salted coconut bark until it’s all gone. I will make sure it’s all gone by January 7th. January 7th marks the first full week of the new year. That’s when I’ll start.

2. Begin reading the book Get The Sugar Out by January 7th. This books shares of the horrors of sugar and the benefits of eliminating it.  It changed my thinking for a while when I read it over a year ago. I forgot the horrors and I’m back to eating copious amounts of chocolate every night and Happy Meals once a week.  I need to read it again to remind me why I should stay away from it.

3. Watch Super Size Me, the week of January 14th.  I need to spread out my life changes, so I’ll wait until the following week to remind myself of the perils of fast-food.  This movie kept me away from McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants for three months. Then I forgot what was so bad about fast-food. I need another reminder. Click here to watch it now for free.


Steve hasn’t watched this movie because he’s heard it’s extreme and unbalanced (plus he’d rather watch The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars or some other manly movie I don’t care to watch for a fifth time).  While I understand that all of these documentaries appear to lean toward one side, they helped me stop eating junk…and that’s my goal, so I’ll keep watching them until someone can show me that fast-food, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup are good for me.

4. Read Fast Food Nation (or watch the documentary) in February. I haven’t read this yet, but it’s popular and if it will entertain me and turn me away from Taco Bell, I’ll read it.

5. Watch Food Inc. in March. I watched it before. Again, forgot some of what they said.


6. Find 10 quick and easy go-to breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that don’t taste like crap.  I have about five right now, but I need more because we’re getting tired of eating the same old thing every week.  Did you hear me whine right there? If you have any suggestions, leave a link to the recipe in the comments.

7. Join the Y.  My gym closed over Thanksgiving break and I’ve had no place to work-out except my basement.  I can’t work out when my kids are playing around me, worrying I’ll be hit by a Nerf bullet or a flying Barbie.  And while my main reason for visiting the gym is for the childcare and quiet time, my body appreciates a stroll on the treadmill.

If I start backsliding (which I will around March…or January 10th), I’ll…
Watch Fresh - I’ve never seen this, but I hear it’s like Food, Inc.
Watch King Corn – It got me away from high-fructose corn syrup.

So, this is my plan.

Note: I’ve come a long way from two years ago when we were eating Pop-Tarts and Lucky Charms for breakfast and McDonald’s at least twice a week. And I don’t judge others for doing this (well, maybe a little), if that’s what you eat.  I love those foods – like love those foods. But eating them makes me feel gross and gain weight and it’ll make you do the same thing.

What are you New Year’s resolutions and how are you planning to keep them? Tell us in the comments.

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How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions — 24 Comments

  1. Food, inc and super size me put me off temporarily too. But I love a maccie-Dees much like my three year old who calls it mowdonnells. Close enough. My New Years resolution is to put myself out there and make more bloggie friends by commenting and replying and tweeting and all that lark. I even got an I-phone for Chrimbo, which should help me with this endeavor. Bearing in mind I rarely have time to take a relaxed shit these days it’s a tall order. I know, I’ll tweet from my I-phone in mowdonnells. Happy New Year Kate!

  2. I have no idea about New Year’s Resolutions and haven’t even truly started to think about it yet. Probably just putting off the inevitable that another year is indeed coming and will be starting. I like your plan though and sounds like you have it all covered and under control :) Now I need to get my but in gear, lol!!

  3. Please share your fast/easy/good places that you have. My kids are always wanting the Big McD’s and although we have an abundance of selection in our area, I often resort to the old familiar.

    I’m afraid to see some of those movies again-I didn’t want to eat anything after I saw them. Maybe that’s not a bad thing.

    If you join the Y, did you know you can go to Buehler in Palatine also? We are members here but often go to Palatine. My kids don’t like the kid’s place here but love the one in Palatine so it makes it easier (for me at least) to get there. They also have more variety of kids’ classes if you are interested. I’m also thinking some of the workout classes would be good for me but can’t quite get motivated for another commitment-maybe I’ll strive for the middle of the month. :)

  4. Super-size me should be required viewing for every American. I made my daughter watch it when she was 11 and I will make my younger kids watch it when they are old enough. I have not eaten at McDonalds since I saw it back in 2004??? I don’t remember, but I know it was years and years.

    My 6-year–old had her first McDonald’s Happy Meal when they served it to her at SCHOOL a few months ago! Nice.

    I like that you combine your goals with reading/watching things that support your goals. I think it’s so important to educate ourselves to give our resolutions a “why.” Once you have a good “why” you can do anything.

    Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism is another great read. It talks about how processed foods and chemicals wreck your metabolism, so that even if you ARE exercising your butt off, you can still fail to lose weight.

    I have several healthy-family friendly recipes on my Pinterest board. My kids are just like yours–they’d eat junk if I served it to them. The key is make it taste super yummy.

    I also have a regular Fitness Friday feature on my blog (not this friday because I’m on a break), but that could help keep you motivated, too. Because I try to be funny and non-condemning. :)

    Best of luck on your New Year’s Resolutions!

  5. LOL! It sure looks like they are. I’ve never tried one of those. I’m afraid. I HAVE tried their Southern Chicken sandwich and I think it’s better than Chick-filet. Scrumptious. I need to watch Super Size Me NOW.

  6. We belonged to the Y a few years ago and visited the Pal one once b/c they have that big play area. It was cool. Thanks for the info! I forgot that we can go to all the Y’s with our membership.

  7. Yeah, these are just my “diet” goals. I need to figure out my blogging/writing goals. I need to be more disciplined in focusing on where to promote my blog rather than goofing off on social media. Need to stream-line this crap. Maybe master Hootsuite. I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m doing. LOL!

  8. Now, I just need to make sure I get that book and actually start it. I’m an idea person…not always good with the follow-through. I shouldn’t have a problem watching the DVDs though – that’s easy. :-)

  9. Kate-thanks for stopping by a leaving a comment on my blog…I loved your idea about making stock, I may have to amend my roasted chicken goal to include that-thanks for sharing. I love your blog…I’m a new fan. See you around the web. Best to you in the New Year.

    Peace and good.

  10. Sounds like you’ve got a really good plan on your hands! I’m really bad at keeping up with new years resolutions too and you’re so right starting it on the first day of the new year just sets you up for failure!

    New follower from the Thumping Thursdays hop :)

  11. You are brave, girl. I am still formulating my resolutions (I call this “goal-setting”), but I know practicing self-acceptance is on the list, as well as developing healthier eating/exercise habits. Walking from my desk to the copier is not exercise, Natalie.

  12. Kate, not to be a nagging friend, but when you get a chance, please read this:
    I’m an example of what can happen with poor eating habits. Life is too valuable to not recognize what you’re putting in your system. I still cheat about once a month, but after being without it for so long, I find it makes me completely sleepy and headachy after eating it. Just don’t want to see you go through the same thing! I like your planning though, enjoy the 1st!!

  13. Food is one of my biggies. Give me something yummy over something good for me any day! I kow I shouldn’t, but saturated fats are fanfuckingtastic!
    I can’t bring myself to watch most of those movies, as I will be afraid to eat anything that I didn’t grow or kill myself, and I don’t have that kind of motivation. Especially when it comes to the killing part, and I am NOT ready to become a vegetarian.
    Kudos to you for having a plan though! You are a very brave soul…

  14. I’m a new follower from the thumping Thursday hop. I’m huge fan of health and fitness but I always need easy too. I’m currently working towards losing 7 pounds in about 2 months. I always post weight loss Wednesdays to share ideas and update my personal progress. I’m looking forward to learning from your blog. Esther Norine Designs

  15. I don’t make new year resolutions, but when I do decide I need to make changes, I can only do one at a time. When deciding to eat healthier, I first simply gave up pop. After a few months, I gave up the candy-laden ice cream before bed and changed to plain ice cream with fruit on top. Little bits, but all doable. If I did them all at once, I’d never stick with it. Good luck with yours! A good plan is a good first step!

  16. My little thumbnail is YOU – how freaky/! Honest I’m not stalking you (much). stupid disqus did it – it won’t let me add my own pic. This is me with g+

  17. Oh, Kate, those are such good ideas, and I have been terrified to watch SuperSize Me or read Fast Food Nation because I am afraid it will destroy my occasional guilt-free McDonald’s indulgence. Which I guess is the point. Good for you, lady! Can’t wait to hear how it goes, and yes, the 7th is a much more appropriate time to start. Good thinkin’…

  18. I am not sure I want to watch any of those movies. Might really really gross me out. Maybe I should so there is no temptation as I am trying to lose weight. Hmm…what to do. I dont make resolutions either but rather this year a change in lifestyle. Thanks for stopping by my blog and supporting my journey.

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