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New Year's resolutions encourage a feeling a failure!

Updated: Apr 9, 2022

I'm not a fan of New Year resolutions. I hadn't made any in decades. Yet this year I've made several.

2020 was an 'interesting' year so perhaps I just felt I needed a new start, new motivation, a real distinction from 2020?

Part of the reason I don't make resolutions is that I've always been so bad at keeping them. I end up feeling rubbish about myself within a week of the New Year. But I'm a coach! I help others reach their goals all the time! I can do this. Why not self-coach myself there?

🌟Goal - I want to be fit in body and mind.

🌟Reality - 2019 I completed the Coach to 5K. But in January 2020, I got sick and felt ill and lethargic for the first half of the year. I'm sure I had Covid 😬 then my father died and emotionally I felt completely unmotivated to be active. I also became addicted to chocolate. I am unfit, unhealthy and my anxiety is flaring up.

🌟Options - what could I do? What did I enjoy doing when I was younger? I loved singing and dancing. Maybe I could do online dance classes? I could start running again? I could give up/reduce chocolate and snacking in January?

🌟Will: what will I do?

I found a lady in India that does online Indian dance classes. As a child I learnt and danced Bharathanatyam for 5 years. I've signed up. It's my birthday next week so I've asked for a running jacket and have bought myself some leg warmers.

🌟Tactics - How and when will I do it? Every Saturday I'll be at my online dance class, I'll practice at least twice a week. I'll go for a run at least once or twice a week.

🌟Habit - How will I sustain success? The only way I'll sustain success is through accountability. A couple of friends and I have a 'Fess Up' WhatsApp group where we encourage each other, celebrate when we've been active and we fess up to any slipping. I've told my partner not to buy or offer me any chocolate too.


9 days into the new year and I've been for a run 4 times, have not had any chocolate and had my first dance class. I've lost 2 inches off my waist and my face is less spotty. Most importantly, I feel great and proud of myself.

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