21 Days Later, Have You Built a Habit? Or Broken Your Resolutions?

In my web travels (as a Gen X-er, I still imagine myself surfing fearlessly through the wild World Wide Web waves), I came across a really nifty article and infographic by LabDoor, a web and mobile app that grades the safety of dietary supplements, about our New Year’s Resolutions. I’m sure a lot of people had shiny new ones for 2015, busting out the hashtags to show off on Instagram. But it does take 21 days to form a new habit, and I’m wondering, how many of us have formed a new habit with our shiny resolutoins?

According to LabDoor, the five top New Year’s Resolutions are:
  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less. Save More.
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
So those are nice and vague, right? Plenty of people are like, “I’ll join a gym and buy a bunch of Lean Cuisines.” There’s no measurable goal there, no way of turning fit and healthy into a lifestyle instead of a quick fix to fit into a smaller size. Not surprisingly, the top three broken resolutions are:
  1. Eat healthier
  2. Lose weight
  3. Minimize stress
LabDoor’s suggestions, also included in the infographic, make a lot of sense and pretty much sum up my philosophy:
  1. Prioritize a nutritionally adequate diet. I can’t stress this enough. Make sure you’re getting enough calories from the right sources to sustain you throughout your day. Fad diets, processed frozen dinners, and skipping meals will only lead to breaking your diet. Healthy living is a lifestyle; that means choosing foods that are healthy and good for you – and letting yourself enjoy treats in moderation.
  2. Maintain a consistent exercise regimen. You don’t have to exercise every day. But find something that works for you, and get moving: walks, yoga, even Zumba. Try something new, or fall in love with something you abandoned long ago.
  3. Replace deficiencies in your diet with high-quality supplements. I’m pretty active. I run three times a week and weight train three times a week. I need protein that I can’t get from just eating a piece of chicken after I run, so I drink protein supplement shakes made with IsaPro.
Full infographic is below.
LabDoor Infographic: New Year's Resolutions We Make and Break