Thursday, December 31st, 2009...11:07 AM

To Resolve or Not to Resolve

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So, all week I’ve been avoiding writing what seems like a no-brainer post about New Year’s resolutions. Given that I work in the fitness industry, I should have been milking this marketing opportunity for all it’s worth for the last month. A friend called this week and said, “You must be gearing up for being swamped in January!” No, not really. There’s something about New Year’s resolutions that has always felt a little artificial. Although I always make them myself, something about them never quite feels right. I always feel a little guilty that I didn’t make the change sooner. I shouldn’t need a contrived holiday tradition in order to choose to make a change in my life. I almost feel obligated. “Everybody’s doing it.” So the idea of preying on other people’s guilt in order to get more clients just seems wrong.

Please don’t misunderstand. I would like, and need, more clients, but so far my clients have come to me in their own time, when they are really ready to make a change. There is a mental shift that happens for them when they have decided that the time is now, no more waiting to put themselves first. It has nothing to do with an arbitrary date on the calendar. It comes from within. It is a joy for me to honor that, and I am blessed to get to go along for the ride.

All of that being said, if getting in shape, eating better, or otherwise improving your overall wellness is one of your resolutions, I salute you and wish you my best. Just do me a favor. Do it for YOU and not just because it’s January 1st and you feel obligated or guilty. Most importantly, don’t beat yourself if you stumble along the way. If you need some help, I’m here. Just give me a call.

And…if you are determined to make resolutions but aren’t sure what you want to do, might I suggest checking out the January/February issue of the Wheatsville Breeze? I got my copy last night, and on the front page is a nice article by Niki Nash, Merchandising Manager, with some great resolution recommendations. This finally got me thinking about what my top 10 resolutions will be for this year. (See, I still feel compelled to make them). So here I go…

10. Break my Sonic and diet soda addiction. I hate to admit it, but between the tater tots and the soft drink happy hour, I’m hooked.
9. Go more local: shop more at Wheatsville and farmer’s markets, start my garden, etc.
8. Develop a solid marketing plan for my business.
7. Get certified as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant.
6. Stop coloring my hair. (This will so never happen, but I can dream).
5. Read more books.
4. Blog more.
3. Keep working on living my life one day at a time (i.e., be in the moment).
2. Eat more raw foods.
1. Take more naps.

There. It’s done. Let me know how you are approaching resolutions this year and feel free to share any other good articles or lists here.

Here’s to a rockin’ 2010! Cheers.

About the Author:

Chris Heidel is the owner and primary personal trainer with Libra Fitness in Austin, TX, a private, in-home studio. Chris focuses her business on developing mentoring relationships with her clients built on trust and meaningful support to help them set, achieve, and maintain realistic fitness goals. Chris truly believes that while getting in shape isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Chris is certified through the American Council on Exercise.

Photo by: (A3R) angelrravelor (A3R).



  • Eat breakfast, take a shower, do stretching exercises.

    There are 3 drawers in my fridge that are mine.

    1. Protein
    2. Veggies
    3. Fruit

    1 square of Whole Foods chocolate.
    No guilt. That is my reward for all of the above.

    Lost 4 pounds this month.

    I have the best daughter/personal trainer (long distance) in the world.

    Love you,


  • I agree with this sentiment completely. I never make resolutions anymore. I instead set goals, when the time to set them is right. Last New Year’s, I thought about giving up caffeine, but I actually set the goal in May, when I was ready. Now I’m trying to tackle my sugar issues, and I’ve already started. Why arbitrarily wait until tomorrow when the time was right earlier?

  • I love your take on the ‘arbitrary’ deadline of New Year’s, Chris. You’ve inspired me to write (finally) about my own. thanks!

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