We’ve passed the New Year mark, collected our festive kilos and have already started to curse those magical New Year’s resolutions we find ourselves making each and every year, only to kick them to the curb by mid-February.

Oprah Winfrey summed it up best when she said: “Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Why do New Year’s resolutions become missed opportunities we yearn for year-in and year-out? Is it procrastination, self-sabotage, or is the balance between our work and personal lives just out of reach?
Maybe we should do as the Nike slogan says and ‘Just do it’! Because as author Karen Lamb reminds us, “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

In his bestseller book, Mind Power, author John Kehoe asks the question: “What distinguishes those who succeed from those who fail?” The retort is from Arnold Schwarzenegger who says: “It’s all in the mind.” In chapter three of the book, John Kehoe goes on to recite the story of the world-famous athlete and actor born in Austria, who, by the age of 20, was dominating the sport of competitive body building to become the youngest person to win the Mr. Universe title. John Kehoe quotes Schwarzenegger in his book: “I visualised myself being and having what it was I wanted. Mentally I never had any doubts about it.”

So, perhaps what we should be looking at is a mental commitment to our success. If, for example, we have a problem with our weight and a recurring goal has been for us to lose a few kilos, why not try writing down our reasons for losing weight and as we do so imagine how wonderful we would feel when we achieve our goal? (Script: Repeat twice a day until goal is accomplished.) Here are some ideas:

  1. Feel good about myself.
    The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reports that some researchers believe depression triggers high levels of the stress hormone cortisol which promotes visceral fat.
  2. Be healthy so I can enjoy life.
    Up to 80% of heart disease and stroke can be prevented by simply living a healthy lifestyle and that includes healthy eating, according to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa.
  3. Improve my fitness levels to participate in my favourite sport.
    In terms of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, adults aged between 18 and 64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
  4. To help alleviate my joint pain.
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that raised BMI is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as musculoskeletal disorders, especially osteoarthritis – a highly disabling degenerative disease of the joints.

As the age-old saying goes, ‘Rome was not built in a day’, but if you keep on putting one foot in front of the other and you stay focused on your dreams and not allow yourself to be distracted by the bumps in the journey, maybe, just maybe, you can tick that box under your 2018 New Year’s resolution list and be inspired to get going on another project.
If you are battling to lose weight, you can also chat to your local Link pharmacist or healthcare practitioner about any concerns you may have.