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2012: Absolutely No Fake Health-Related New Year's Resolutions

For those of you who know SHIFT know that we try to keep it completely real 800% of the time so why would 2012 be any different?

Now I’m NOT the kind of person to sit down and write out my New Year's resolutions. Besides, my deeply held personal belief is that it is illegal to write anywhere but twitter and facebook during holiday seasons.  But somewhere in the mist of my end of the year partying and craziness, I usually find a minute to think about what I want to accomplish in the new year.

This year as I sat glued to the couch with a slice of sweet potatoe pie in one hand and a cup of hot chocolate in the other, watching celebrities embarrass themselves on various New Year's specials, I started thinking about an important problem: annoying fake and preachy new years resolutions. I call them fake because people never seem to live up to them. You know what I’m talking about. Sometimes we make them when we want to be better people. “This year I’m not going to talk about people with ugly outfits even if they hurt my eyeballs” or “This year I’m going to ignore the haters because I understand that if they weren’t hating they would be unemployed.”

But I’m more focused on the health-related fake resolutions. “This year I’m going to lose weight” or “This year I’m going to only drink water and eat celery” or  “This year I’m going to work out at least 10 hours a day until I look like Usher or Zoe Saldana.”

Don’t get me wrong. Like you, I am trying to do better when it comes to my health. Things can get a little ugly during the holiday season.  Sometimes no amount of shopping or Just Dance video games can undo the mac and cheese damage. But I digress.  The point is this, when I’m hungry or thirsty, face to face with some soda or great smelling fast food I need REAL ammunition and not empty resolutions or preaching. I don’t need resolutions, I need “real” solutions.

So no more fake resolutions. Instead this year instead of resolutions I’m just going to shoot for real statements and real talk.

New Years Real Statement #1

In 2012 I have a chance to take a step closer to reaching my goals. 

New Years Real Statement #2

There are people in my community or family who suffer from diabetes and obesity.  In 2012, I will take one step towards not being one of them. 

New Years Real Statement#3

If I continue to drink at least 12 ounces of sugary beverages in 2012 it is likely that I’ll put on as much as 15lbs.  Every sugary drink that I avoid = less chance of putting on weight and developing diabetes.

What are some of the fake New Year's resolutions that you’ve heard over the years?
How would convert them into REAL statements? Post them on the facebook page or SHIFTDemand blog page.

Happy New Year!

Chenjerai 

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