Top 5 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions SUCK!

In 2017, 2018, 2019, AND 2020, the top 3 New Year’s resolutions were to eat healthy, get more exercise, and save more money with the fourth runner up being not having a resolution at all (⅓ of population). Why do you think this is? Why do we always put so much pressure on ourselves to be a healthier person just because a new year is starting? 

I thought 2020 would mean flying cars, ready-made meals with the snap of our fingers, and teleporting to anywhere in the world. Although we’ve had  A LOT of ingenuity and progress in the world, we’re not quite that far yet. So thinking about what 2020 means to you is how you should reflect on this year and see where you want to go in the next decade. What will you bring to 2020? How do you want to change your life for this “new year”? There are a lot of things to put into practice to make sure you reach your goals, but new year’s resolutions are NOT one of them. Here are 5 quick reasons why…

  1. We think more on a short-term basis

It all comes down to goal setting. When we set goals it’s important to make goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-related). We often think either too big or too small. If you say you’d like to lose 50 pounds, are you thinking within the next couple of months or, more realistically, in the next year? In order to make a concrete plan to meet that big goal, start setting small ones first. Set a goal to drink more water, get outside and walk for 30 minutes, anything that you know you can handle on a daily basis that will ultimately allow for consistent and steady weight  loss. 


2. We never make them realistic and often go too big 

Making a resolution of “exercising more” when you haven’t been to a gym in the last year or even last few years, is only going to make you feel like it’s that much more of an arduous task. When you try to incorporate something that you’ve never really had as a part of your routine and all of a sudden, it’s a new goal, you need to figure out how this is actually going to work. How are you going to work it into your day? Are you even going to be able to? What will you do if your day goes to shit and you have absolutely NO time during the week to get there? Be realistic, because those small goals you’re reaching will ultimately lead you to that big goal you have in mind. 

3. We never figure out our WHY

If a “new year” is the only time you think about wanting to eat healthier and move more, you’re probably not doing it for the right reasons. A healthy lifestyle isn’t something that you can just start all of a sudden, it takes months, years, even decades of nourishment to truly live a consistent, healthy life. Setting one or two goals at the beginning of the year isn’t going to change your life as a whole. It’s a commitment to yourself in LIFE, not just in January. Figure out the exact reason why you want to change. How badly do you want it? How much are you willing to commit? Nothing worth having ever comes easy, so you still need to be able to put work and effort into it. 

4. They inevitably give us a sense of failure 

The moment we stop and realize we’re not living up to our expectations, we give up and throw the rest of the year away. “Well, I guess I’ll just next week, or next year” and those years never actually come. Making a resolution just because you know it’s what you should do, doesn’t mean you’re going to do it. So making a goal that isn’t relevant to what you actually want to achieve, is only going to give you the sensation of failing yourself and that you’re not good or strong enough to stick with something. The last thing we need is feeling like we failed, we’re hard enough on ourselves as it is! 

5. Why wait? 

There’s never a “good” time to start taking an initiative towards your health, but the time is always now. Waiting for a new year gives you a false sense of hope that just because we’re writing a new date on things, means you’re going to change everything else in your life. If I were you, I’d start thinking more along the lines of the ⅓ of the population that doesn’t make a resolution at all. Stop giving yourself restrictions, rules and regulations. Live your life to the fullest and you won’t have the need to make resolutions. Start today! Not because it’s January, but because you WANT to change.

Breakfast Egg Muffins

Serving size 2 muffins

  • 1lb ground turkey sausage
  • 2 medium peppers (red, green or yellow)
  • ½ small onion, chopped (red or white)
  • 4 handfuls spinach, ripped into pieces
  • 1tbsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 32oz container liquid egg whites
  • Non-stick spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰ and spray muffin tins with non-stick spray.
  2. Heat skillet to medium high heat and brown turkey sausage until cooked through, breaking up into small crumbles.
  3. Combine turkey sausage, peppers, onion, spinach, and spices in a mixing bowl.
  4. With a spoon, scoop turkey sausage mixture evenly into 24 muffin tins. *I only had one 12-cup muffin tin so I used half the mixture first, baked the eggs and then used the rest of the mixture.
  5. Pour egg whites on top of mixture, into muffin tins just below the rim of the pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until eggs no longer move when you wiggle the pan.
  7. Once they’re done, place on a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes and enjoy!

Calories 114. Carbs 3g. Protein 18g.

KP’s Tip: Make these ahead of time so you have them for the week. They make a great grab-and-go breakfast that’s still hot! You can also find pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles to save time too.

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Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Serves 4, serving size 1 pepper half

  • 2 large red peppers, raw
  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1/3 c hot sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Non-stick spray
  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰.
  2. Rinse and slice peppers in half lengthwise and then devein the peppers (cutting out all seeds and hollowing out pepper).
  3. Lines baking sheet with tin foil and spray with non-stick spray. Place pepper on tray and set aside.
  4. Cook ground chicken in skillet on medium to medium high heat. Continue to stir until cooked.
  5. Add hot sauce to chicken and mix.
  6. Once sauce and chicken is combined, stuff into pepper halves. You should be able to stuff all the chicken into the peppers evenly.
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Place peppers in oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are cooked.

Calories 283. Fat 15g. Protein 29g.

KP’s Tip: Pair with your favorite green vegetable or side salad for a colorful, low-carb and high protein meal!