Making those resolutions stick

Robert Fisher
Staff Reporter

BARRY’S BAY – It’s a new year and many have made the ever-popular resolutions to stop or start doing something, to get fitter, to be more active, to do this and that. And, like in most years, the good intentions will start out strong then fade quickly, mostly forgotten entirely by Valentine’s Day.

Why do we so often fail in achieving our resolutions for the new year? What can we do to try to ensure success? The Gazette spoke with local fitness and Zumba instructor Kim Shalla to get some insights.

Shalla said the desire to make resolutions may have something to do with the coming to an end of one year and the start of a new one. We’re finishing one thing and want to start something new and fresh. “I’m going to start it off right,” Shalla said is the mindset. “I’m going to quit drinking, I’m going to eat better, I’m going to get more sleep, I’m going to join this,” and do that.

While the start of a new year may be the time to make a new self, perhaps relieve a bit of the holiday overindulgence guilt, there are a couple things that can prevent us from following through. One is that we, like eating during the holidays, bite off more than we can chew, so to speak. The other is that we’re not clear in our own minds why we want to make a change. Both can lead to frustration and giving up on the goals.

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