Columnist has revelation about resolutions

Natalie Johnson 
Humor Columnist

There are plenty of new diet books for 2015 to jump start this year's resolutions. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

There are plenty of new diet books to jump start this year’s resolutions. (c) 2015 Photo by (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Do you hear that horrible sound? Smell that horrible smell? See that horrible sight?

Ah yes, the lovely decay of New Year’s resolutions.

Every year, everyone is bound to want to change something in their life, whether it be drinking more water, taking the stairs more, finding the inner strength to make it through the final semester of the school year… everyone has something to work on, but isn’t this process of analyzing and attempting to correct bad habits counterproductive?

Once you stray from the path of self-betterment you fall hard. Not only will you stop going to the gym after the first two weeks of February, you’ll tell yourself it can just become your resolution for next year. Not only do you cheat on your diet, you eat an entire chocolate Santa.
No matter how determined you may think you are to eat healthy, one taste of that kale smoothie and you’ll think otherwise.

No matter how determined you are to get in better shape, one day of that exciting new CrossFit training schedule will have you wishing you hit the snooze button a few more times that morning.

Rather than making resolutions positive changes, they should be negative.
For example, going vegan, it’s an awful idea you’ll probably get tired of very fast. After a week of avoiding animal products, you’ll quickly realize the luxury of eating whatever you want.

Also you might try not doing any homework. After a few days, you’ll have to either catch yourself up, or repeat another year of school. The choice is yours.

The fact is, if you really want to make changes, you shouldn’t wait until Jan. 1, to do so, especially in a year like 2017, that has gotten off to such a rocky start. There’s a reason everyone waits to drink raw vegetables until they have an excuse to quit!

See also: Most people set up for failed resolutions


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