Goals, Not Resolutions, Should Start New Year

Lena Kauffman, Staff Writer

How many people actually stick to their new year’s resolutions? Personally, I’ve been wanting to lose ten pounds for the last three years and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained close to fifteen.

When the clock strikes midnight and  kisses are shared across the world, some people think to themselves, “Holy cow, it’s a new year. What am I going to do differently?” And for the next two or three weeks these people spend time improving themselves.

They say they’ll spend less time on Facebook. They say that they will lose weight. And you hear the occasional, “I want a boyfriend” or “I want a girlfriend.”

Okay, let’s have a show of hands for all the people who stuck to their resolutions for the whole year, please.

It’s an easy number to count, because it’s slim to none. Be honest, how many of you have said that you would cut back on sweets, but then two days later you found yourself eating a See’s lollipop? Or you didn’t go to the gym for a week because you “didn’t feel good” even though you seemed completely fine at that party the night before? Or what about that girl Sally who said she wouldn’t go on Facebook for three days but then she found out that Alicia told Molly who told Billy who told everyone else that Logan changed his relationship status to single? She cracked and it only took her two hours to prove that she was pathetically obsessed with the social network.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m just as guilty as poor Sally. I said earlier that I’ve been wanting to lose ten pounds for the past three years. Yeah, it’s a true story. Every year I tell myself, “Okay Lena this is going to be the year that you will slowly but surely lose that muffin top in those True Religions.” For a few weeks I work my fat off and go on that almond and water diet that Oprah told me about. But what does Oprah know? That stuff doesn’t do anything.

After those first few weeks I forget. It sounds stupid but my schedule fills up with school and social activities and more social activities and sometimes even more social activities. I guess if my weight was life threatening I’d be more serious about taming my bulge–but currently my bulge is standard and healthy so I don’t really need to be.

What’s the purpose of making a new year’s resolution if you know that you can’t stick to it? You’ll just end up looking like a quitter.

That’s why this year I decided not to have one. Instead I made goals for the New Year. Having a goal doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to achieve it this year. So if you’re like me and you know you’ll crack, make a goal for yourself. Don’t make a fool out of yourself.