OOn Dec 31 last year, I heard someone complain about the new year buzz, as in “What’s the big fuss about it? It’s going to be just another new day like every other day”. In many ways, this thinking is true. We don’t need to wait for it to be Jan 1 to start taking action of anything (I started boot camp nearly 6 years ago in September!) Good intentions and actions can be executed on any day of the year. But, for many, the first (or second) day of a new year is a symbolic date on which to start new things. That date does goad many people to advance their intentions, such as finally signing up at a gym, learning to say ‘No’ to junk food, quitting refined sugar, buying protein powder to put in their smoothies (me!), and more. I’m for anything that lends encouragement. If a new diary could get you to do something you should have done six months ago, go ahead and get it. If a new year makes you excited, then use it to do what you’ve always wanted. Perhaps 50% of people will end up not sticking to their ‘new rules for 2018’ but at least they gave it a go (you’ll learn from it), and the other half did manage to. By the time this January/February edition of SHAPE (our first double issue!) hits the news stands, I hope you’re into two weeks of well-established new habits. Don’t stop, at least make it go into February. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit stick (I should know: I did a 21-day, no-sugar diet and now I’m a convert for life!) so hang in there. Even if a few of your resolutions are left unticked on your to-do list by the end of February, it’s ok. Find out why, and try again in March. If you’re one of those who moaned about the big fuss over the new year, perhaps you should start your own 2018 to-do list and write down: “Stop being a wet blanket” as the first item.
“I have stamina because I’m being thoughtful about what I put into my body.” page 60
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