Groundhog Day Again


Dear Dharma,

I’ve made my list of New Year’s resolutions for 2016 and just as I was writing them down I realized that I hadn’t reached my resolutions for 2015 and 2016 seems like another repeat list.  Come to think of it, I’ve been meaning to lose my last 15 pounds oh about 5 years ago!!!  Do you have any tips to help me achieve my goals this year??

Very much appreciated – I love your advice posts, keep them coming!


Resolutions Retard

Dear ReRe,    

I am so very certain you are not alone in feeling like your New Year’s Resolutions are just a repeat of Groundhog Day.  A repeat of Groundhog Day.  A repeat of Groundhog Day.  If you don’t get the reference, seriously, watch the movie!!

Anyway, I think what you need is a new way to go about things.  Just writing out the same old list is probably going to get you the same old results.  One of the things I started doing differently was making seasonal bucket lists.  I stole the idea from a friend when I saw “Winter Bucket List” posted on her desk.  I was intrigued!  Resolutions felt like a list of things I wasn’t going to do anymore, whereas a bucket list felt like a list of fun new things to try.  Breaking it down into seasons made it achievable. And if weight loss is one of your goals, make the items on your list fitness related.

So instead of “Lose 15 pounds in 2016”, which is kind of bland, how about:

ReRe’s Winter Bucket List

Learn how to snow shoe

Go ice skating

Have a snowball fight

Register for the Vancouver Sun Run!

ReRe’s Spring Bucket List

Do the Grouse Grind

Do the Vancouver Sun Run!

Walk the Seawall the first day of Spring!

Also, I found a great site for health and fitness tips and strategies that you should definitely check out. I love that this approach is all about obtainable goals, and making behavioral changes in small steps. You didn’t gain that 15 pounds in two days, so it makes sense that you won’t lose it super-fast either, non?  Be patient with yourself and work on making lifestyle changes, not indulging in quick fixes that seldom last.

Because My Body Is Sacred has so much great information, you should consider being a subscriber. You never know when the right tip will pop up at exactly the right time and help you make the changes you are looking for.

Good luck, and if anyone has something fun to add to the bucket list, feel free to shout it out!



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  • Jesse says:

    LOVE the idea of bucket lists! I’m totally going to do that. One good wieght loss tip is eating 5- 6 times a day in small portions. Never be hungry, but never be full.

  • gemma471 says:

    Thanks for this, that other website page has some good stuff that i am going to try.

  • Anonymous says:

    Whoever this friend that had the Winter Bucket List posted on her desk must have been pretty awesome. Just sayin’

    I bet she found that things were easier and more fun to achieve when it was a more positive experience!

  • Carra-Lynn says:

    A good idea for bucket lists, no matter what season, is something that scares you a bit too… Last year I had “Walk Over the Lions Gate Bridge”. So a double whammy of exercise and being out of my comfort zone for sure!

  • Doggy daddy says:

    I gotta add, get a dog! You get a responsibility that you can’t ignore and you will find yourself walking more often and farther than ever! Plus they are so cute!

    • Dharma says:

      Pets are a fantastic way to get exercise – definitely a responsibility that maybe not everyone can accommodate – but if it works for you, great! Way to go Doggy daddy!

  • Georgia says:

    How about register for the dog-walking program at the SPCA! It is a win-win situation.

    • Dharma says:

      More about the dogs! I didn’t know the SPCA even had a dog walking program, but it makes sense, doesn’t it! Awesome suggestion, Georgia, thanks very much!

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