12 in 2012: Why I Hate New Year's Resolutions {Don't Blame the Alpacas!}

A few years ago I had made a New Year’s resolution not to make New Year’s resolutions anymore.  That was a rather successful year.  Three reasons come to mind when I think of poo-pooing off this January tradition. First, the obvious, most resolutions are doomed to failure for most of us. I mean did I really think it would be feasible to learn how to run my own alpaca farm? Cities have ordinances against this kind of stuff. In Baltimore it’s illegal to take a lion to the movies , in Zion it is illegal to give domesticated animals lighted cigars {as for the undomesticated let them smoke away}, & apparently in my city it is illegal to run Alpaca farms.  See what I mean? Why set yourself up for failure?

Secondly, why is January the only month we find the need to reevaluate ourselves?  I believe evaluation of our lives & goals should be done on a weekly & monthly basis. Which is why I plan on staging interventions with the hubby every week .
 I'm a good wife like that.

Lastly, sharing resolutions publicly just allows people to judge you or make really annoying side comments when you cheat or fail on your goals. As if you are not aware that you are breaking your resolution.  It’s kind of like that phenomenon on how when you tell a kid they can’t do something and it makes them want to do it even more. Remind me on how this quadruple cheeseburger I'm about to stuff my face with is filled with a bajillion calories & how it doens't jive well with my resolution to budge the pudge & guess what now I have to eat it to prove a point.
I hate having to prove points….as you can see they only end up hurting me in the end unless of course I choose to throw my quadruple cheeseburger at you.  Then we both lose.

Let’s face it top resolutions like losing an excessive amount of weight or getting rid of debt requires a lot more than just simply putting a goal down on paper.  It requires self-understanding {Ick! who really wants to analyze themselves?}  strategy, motivation, education {if you don’t know how calories work losing weight is going to be a lot harder to do!} & support.

So then why I am joining my friend Regina from the Live Delightfully blog on her 12 in 2012 project? Am I crazy? Perhaps. Tomorrow I'll share my reasons along with my list. Figured, I've probably lost 99.9% of you by now.....Bueller? Bueller?

In the mean time if you're a fellow blogger & would like to participate in this project you can learn more about here.

I'd like to know do you make New Years resolutions? If not, why not? If so, what are they?


Regina of Live Delightfully said...

My, my, my... I completely understand you. But I'm so excited you're joining in the 12 in 2012 project and I can BARELY wait to read your list! Best of luck & here's to a year of accomplishing things, encouraging each other and coming out on the flipside as a better version of yourself.

sherri lynn said...

I agree - New Year's resolutions are usually vague and lofty and rarely accomplished! I like making little goals, preferably each month, so that I can actually see progress and get them done! Excited to hear your 12 for 2012!

Anonymous said...

My problem is that I tend to set goals for myself but never follow through! I'm hoping that having my goals in plain sight (and blogging about them) will help me get over that! Can't wait to see your list! :)

Unknown said...

I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions either. I make goals for myself as I need to throughout the year.

Unknown said...

Ha! Love your perspective on NY's resolutions. How very true! Somehow saying they are goals makes it easier I think? :)
Love your blog!

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