New Year, Old Me

Resolutions With No Solutions Are Not Worth Making

By Victoria Priola

Every year on December 31 there is no escaping the countless “New Year, New Me” tweets and Instagram pictures. And every year the people who post them stay just the way they are.

The New Year holiday is seen as a day of revival for the society of today. It is viewed as a new beginning, a chance to put the crap that happened the previous year away forever by getting blacked out drunk and making a list of resolutions for the year ahead.

Resolutions are made by millions, butvery few people actually stick to their goals. According to Forbes, 40% of Americans make New Year resolutions and only 8% actually accomplish them.

Having short and long term goals is one thing, but expecting to cure cancer in the course of a year is another. According to U.S. Gov., some of the most popular resolutions made every year are to lose weight, quit smoking, save money and manage stress.

TIME also lists those resolutions in their “Top Ten Resolutions That Are Broken” list. Why are the resolutions of Americans so difficult to accomplish?

During the time period of January to March, gym memberships and therapy attendance is at a high. But as the year progresses, the resolutions made are forgotten and not acted on. Whether it is laziness or a busy life, 32% of Americans are disappointed with their results but will proceed to make resolutions for the next year.

The unintentional torture to oneself is done by a culturally forced desire to change, and a lack of long term planning or thought. Celebrities who make the covers of trash magazines gloating about how they lost a hundred pounds in ten minutes give Americans the sense that if Kim Kardashian could do it in no time, then so could they.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a weight loss of a pound per week is the way to keep the weight off for good. As for smoking, says that it takes several months to quit the habit.

Sorry to burst your bubble but New Years is only a day. It’s just like every other one.

The Gregorian calendar we use today uses January 1 as “New Year’s Day” but in the Middle Ages it was subject to change. Some of the old days to start the new year were March 1, March 25, Easter, September 1, and December 25.

How about a lifestyle change that lasts beyond a year? How about starting today instead of January 1? A day will not change your life. Only you can do that.

A tip to save money found on Pinterest is to always pay with cash. When you get your change, save all the five dollar bills you receive, put them in a safe place and forget about them (but don’t forget the safe place). After three or four months of doing this, you’ll be saving money without even knowing.

Can’t afford a gym? Workout at home! Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred routine is on YouTube and its completely free. If possible, always take the stairs or walk to wherever you need to go to burn extra calories.

There are facilities at the CSI Health and Wellness Office to help students quit smoking such as nicotine packets and Peer Educators to talk to.

2014, it’s been real. Something to add to your 2015 New Year’s Resolution’s list is to not have resolutions, have solutions.


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