Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Resolutions

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology (2002) 40-45% of Americans make New Year's Resolutions.  The top three New Year's Resolutions are weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking. Which are all really great resolutions.  But only 75% of those people who make resolutions keep them after the first week.  71% after the second week.  64% after one month.  And only 46% stick to their resolutions after 6 months.

One of my resolutions this year, was to lose 20 lbs.  When I went home for Christmas to my grandparents farm, I felt fat.  My Christmas Eve outfit didn't fit right.  Heck, most of my clothes didn't fit right.  And it had been over FOUR YEARS since I had Bug.  I could no longer claim I "just" had a baby.  I "just" ate a snickers, I "just" had some cookies, I "just" had another slice of cake is more like it.  So, I made the resolution despite not liking New Years resolutions.

And I started okay.  I created a diet I could live with (a combo phase II atkins and grazing diet), and we started hiking over the summer.  And I've done well.  I've lost just over 10 lbs.  But for the last few months I've been stuck. Stuck at the same weight.  Gaining and losing the same 3-5 lbs over and over and over.  It's been frustrating to put it mildly.  I know this is all my own fault.  I stopped hiking when the kids started school.  I'm not as strict with my diet as I was when I started.  And I've gotten in the bad habit of going back for seconds at dinner.

It's October now, and I'd really like to make my accomplish my resolution this year.  Mostly because I have an entire wardrobe of clothes that are perfect, if I just drop one more size.  They're my pre-pregnancy clothes.  Clothes I loved before I even had Bunny.  Clothes I would like to get back into because I've been resistant to purchasing clothes in my new size(s).  My wardrobe is limited people.. that's what I'm saying.  And if I drop another 10 lbs and another size, it won't be.

Since "New Years" is a ways, off and by definition the start of a New Year,  I'm opting for a Halloween resolution - which I think will work even though it's not quite Halloween yet.  I'm going to get back on the diet wagon.  I'm going to go back to the gym, and generally try to be a bit more active and see if I can't drop that last 10 lbs.  Who's with me?  Anyone else up for making a Halloween Resolution?

Seriously.. Thoughts?


  1. I am so overweight right now, I spend almost 11 hours a day sitting down. I have a schedule that has me leaving the house at about 8 am and not returning home till 7pm. Then I eat dinner and fall asleep, only to do it all over again the next day. I'm in on a Halloween resolution.

  2. Yay.. We'll start a new Halloween Resolution trend!

  3. What I do to not want seconds is eat slowly and instead of putting more food on your plate, put your plate in the sink and go straight to the bathroom and brush your teeth. You wont want seconds cause you just cleaned your teeth and because the food would taste funny mixed with mint. :) Works for me! Now if I could just get myself interested in some kind of exercise. I've been saying I'm going to start walking, but that hasn't happened yet.