Hey Action Figures,
Traditionally, every New Years we come up with resolutions that we plan to keep to better ourselves in some way. I did some research and the statistics were interesting, if unsuprising:
Of the people who make resolutions, these are the percentages of people who keep them
- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month: 64%
- after 6 months: 46%
So far I have managed to go without a single french fry in almost two years. Soda as well with the exception of gingerale when nauseous. It will be two years this January and these are the only resolutions I have managed to keep in my entire life. (sorry nail-biting, maybe this year?)
For most people though, Gym membership and weight-loss are the number one resolutions but believe it or not, 80% of people who get gym memberships in January, quit within a month or two.
Studies have shown however that announcing your resolution is a way to keep it. You are more likely to keep a resolution if the people around you know about it. Which is where my new idea comes from.
We are approaching the time of cookies and cakes, candy corn and candy canes and turkey, ham, pie and potatoes and all sorts of calorie-laden evil. No matter your religion, nationality, or lack there of, this time of year isnt great for your waistline. We have 95 days until New Years and I figure the best way to get through it is together, supporting each other in our countdown-to-New-Years resolutions. If we have achieved something by the big day, then a slightly bigger resolution cant be that bad can it?
So heres the Challenge:
Layout an overall goal, manageable and realistic within our short timeframe, but something that when the time comes you will actually notice.
Pick one (or two, or all three!): Health (I want to lower my blood pressure...) Weight/Toning (I'd like to loose this much weight/I'd like to tone up my biceps...) or Athleticism (I want to be able to run such a distance in this timeframe...)
Make a plan, this involves setting a few minor resolutions for the holiday season (I'm not going to drink soda/veggies will outnumber my carbs 3-1/I will go to the gym 4 times a week...)
Keep us updated! I will post a Challenge post every Wednesday where we can update each other on how our personal resolutions are going, any slipups, any requests for help and support, any offerings of help and support, any sucesses and general questions. Obviously you can post about anything at any time so if you need Challenge help or have Challenge news and want to post it separately you can.
Now we are all at different levels so make your goal about you. That little push that will definetly help you through the holidays, difficulty isnt the key, change is.
In this post make a comment with your personal challenge and any initial questions you have. I'm placing mine behind a cut in this post. We will see new years day how close we got!
Also I wanted to let you know that my mother and I are working on getting us an Action Figures website, independent of LJ and wanted to know if you would still be interested in t-shirts. The gentleman who makes the shirts my company uses for work offered to give me a deal on athletic shirts. Feedback!!!!( My Action Figure ChallengeCollapse )
Thanks Ladies and good luck! I look forward to hearing from you!