It’s almost that time of year again.  December 31, New Year’s Eve where we swear this year is going to be different.  I am going to get rid of that extra weight, commit to a regular exercise program, stop drinking so much, be more spiritual, eat healthier, stop working so much, be more engaged with my children, live a balanced life, BE HAPPY……..and usually these resolutions are made after 1, 2 or many drinks.  They are what my good friend Amy calls, Drunk Resolutions.  And if you are in your fifties like me how many Drunk Resolutions have you made over the years…….10, 20, 30 or more?  And how many of those resolutions have you actually kept? Statistically, only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions.  That means the majority of us are failing.  I don’t know about you, however, I really dislike failure.

And here is what I have observed in life. Those people who follow the pack, the Drunk Resolutioner Pack, typically fail at meeting their goals, New Year’s resolutions and more importantly, they fail at finding true joy and happiness.  Thus my question is, should you be making your resolutions on New Year’s Eve? Or should you take the road less traveled and make your resolutions another time?  Maybe your birthday. I decided several years ago to start making my New Year resolutions on the day I said hello to another birthday because it was my day.  Or maybe its a month before New Years, right after Thanksgiving.  You will be getting a head start on everyone else.  And the biggest benefit, if you decided that fitness and getting in better shape is your goal it’s guaranteed that your gym, yoga room, OrangeTheory workout area, will be much less crowded than after January 1st.  You will have learned the ropes and the routine thus no longer a newbie.  For those of us who exercise on a regular basis, it is a bit frustrating to have to share our space with all the New Year Resolution individuals on January 2, although we know in a couple of months, or less they will be gone and we can enjoy a much less crowded workout area again.

So this year I challenge you to be a trailblazer for 2018, an individual who will take the road less traveled and an individual who will make a healthy resolution while sober. How about the day after Thanksgiving when everyone else is shopping for deals, you will be in the gym getting your sweat on looking and feeling much better at the New Years Eve party.