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Why not make today your January 1

I can’t wait to start my New Year’s resolution on January 1, and among them I’m resolving to lose weight again in the new year.

Ahhhh yes … the day that we all are so steadfast about. We put this thought process over anything when it pertains to “starting-a-new.” The New Year’s Resolution! (Crowd cheers and confetti reigns!)
The New Year’s resolution has so much pressure placed on it! I’m surprised it hasn’t been one of the few phrases that’s just voluntarily walked out of universal colloquialism.

No conversation is more constant than I’m going to start January 1. But what we fail to realize is, subtlety towards the human thought process, this has a greater affect than we think.

It can make us so stagnant that we create a habit of putting something as crucial to our life as smart food choices and exercise on this forever backburner. Now let’s be real. Some things are circumstances beyond our control, and have to wait until January 1 — kind of like New Year’s Junkanoo results … can’t really control that!

So why do we put so much emphasis on working out and/or creating some lifestyle change until the New Year? It’s basically lack of motivation. Think about it? If we put the same level of hype towards saying I’m doing this as my New Year’s resolution, to actually doing what you’re putting off in the first place, we would be far more proactive towards a positive fitness and lifestyle change.

It’s easy to say you don’t have the time to work out, but when we get home, one can easily spend over an hour on social media. That alone can constitute into an hour of brisk walking, with your spouse or best friend, whilst discussing your day or your pop culture concerns. We will call that (DSMBA) “doing social media and being active.”

This life is full of procrastination. The more we add to it, the greater our problems persist and the fingers start pointing. Remember it takes less than a month for something to become a habit. We still have more than that time before January 1, so I think we can start doing the math.

I’m not saying go out there and run a full marathon this instant, but if you simply start your active process now, you’ll be surprised at how far ahead you’ll be when January 1 comes around. Who knows — your approach to the New Year might be greater than you ever thought through your active process. And you could definitely inspire the people around you at the same time.

• Stay positive. Be purely consistent. Achieve more. And go get it! Emilio Bullard is a personal trainer at Balmoral Club. He can be contacted at


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