Happy New Year from your buddy Mary at Mary’s Not On A Diet. Well, many people’s health and fitness has taken a back seat over the past several weeks while dealing with getting through the chaos of the holidays. Now that January 1st has arrived it’s time to get serious.
In today’s post, I am going to discuss the ever so popular New Year’s resolution.  What I hope to accomplish is going to knock your socks off. 
For those of you who have read some of my posts from Getting Over The Hump, you may know that I have an unconventional way of looking at health and wellness. My core belief in regards to weight loss is that diets don’t work. Now I am going to express another eccentric view…get ready for it… Don’t Make A New Year’s Resolution.  Okay, I realize I have some explaining to do.
Now I didn’t come-up with this theory on my own.  While surfing Facebook a post popped up from one my favorite pages Eli Sapharti – FAT Boy FIT Man. There was a link to an article in Psychology Today that discussed why making New Year’s resolutions weren’t the best way to go about getting healthy.  Over the past 20 years a group of researchers from the Longevity Project have analyzed over 1,500 Americans who lived throughout the 20th century. After looking at the data collected the group discovered the best ways to get yourself on a healthy pathway–one of healthy patterns– is to associate with other healthy, active, involved individuals.
From my perspective this seems to make perfect sense. There is an old saying my dad used to say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” When the people around you are making a fitness a priority and eating healthy job #1 it just seems like second nature. Use Facebook or blogs to reach-out to people that live healthy lifestyle. Start a walking group at the mall with a your mommy friends, throw one of those parities where several healthy meals are prepared to take home and make. 
If you are looking to make changes this year, don’t say you are going to exercise more and lose 20 pounds.  Start by looking at the people around you to help make sustainable simple lifestyle changes. My friend, Eli who has lost over 110 pounds, suggests making two small changes to get your healthier lifestyle started.  Some of the changes he suggested were making a commitment to do 15 minutes of activity every day and make 1 small adjustment to what you usually eat. (cut out soda, eliminate your afternoon cookie, no carbs at dinner)

Just remember people, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You have to start small and be persistent.  I promise you a year from now those small changes will be VERY noticeable.