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New Year’s Resolutions To Skip

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.

    Good post! And a great group of links. I can’t wait until the gym is quieter again. This is the first morning I’ve been back to the gym at my normal time (5 am) and there were twice as many cars there as usual. At FIVE A.M. That’s in the morning. Early. So yeah, I can’t wait for people to possibly figure out it’s not for them and either come later or pick something else to do. I’m all for people getting fitter and healthier, but then there are those people you talked about that don’t have any idea what they’re doing in terms of rules and etiquette and just cause frustration.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I feel ya. I work out in the evening so it’s 10X more crowded than it is in the AM. Sometimes it’s so crowded you can’t even move around or even find a machine.

  2. steena

    Great post! I agree with skipping these. I never set a resolution, but do try to get back on track with bettering myself after the holiday sloppy eating.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ditto. I went a little crazy with the holiday eating. Time to reign it in.

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    I am SOOOO with you on the “all or nothing doesn’t work” Lisa!!! I did get off the healthy track over the holidays, but just got back on, instead of setting goals that I may or may not accomplish. Have a great Monday.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Exactly! And then beating ourselves up for not reaching our goals that were unattainable to begin with. Vicious cycle. Small goals are better.

  4. K @ Finding a Skinnier me

    I try to set goals not resolutions. Attainable goals that I would like to see accomplished each year. Gives me a good starting point and helps me stay on point all year. But I am one of those people where lists and goals help me move forward, where if I don’t tend to have that organization I don’t tend to get anything done. But I agree with not setting impossible goals, then you just have the guilt of not getting them done. And I love the advice about small steps, making small improvements, not having an all or nothing approach.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What goals are you working on?

  5. Kim

    Great post!! Those resolutions you suggested skipping are just setting people up to fail – love the alternatives!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the comment Kim! 🙂

  6. Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I don’t usually make big New Year’s resolutions, but I did do a food cleanse last January, and it was a great experience. It wasn’t what most people envision a “cleanse” to be as you get to eat real, unprocessed food. This year I am again “cleaning” up my eating a bit, but I’m not doing anything extreme as I am already eating pretty “clean.” I do like your advice to have specific, smaller goals that you think you can attain.

    And when it comes to exercise, slowly adding to the activity you are already doing makes sense to me. I used to go to the gym every day and over-exercised. I ended up injured, and I have definitely learned from that!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m with you on cleaning up the diet. I got too lazy in December–my diet lacked vegetables, I ate too much candy and treats and drank often! Too much indulging!

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