Giving it up for New Year….

….. jeepers what is wrong with the above, in short everything! New Year and the holiday are one of the most frantic times we have in our calendar and, rightly so, we use some vices to help us get through it. Now that may be chocolate, booze, ciggies, sex or anything that helps you chill a bit…. but then we get to January first and bang, the guilt (or the scales) hit home and to go cold turkey.

January…. one of the bleakest darkest times of the year, nothing to look forward to except February (officially the direst month of the year, and the pay packet. So we decide to torture ourselves by giving up something that has probably been a major crutch in our lives, or worse still we start doing something that goes against our very grain of life in this dark month (anyone gone back to the gym in the last 7 days after an absence of many months?).

Yeah okay, we need to make changes in our lives; we are all getting fat, clogging up our arteries with fatty proccessed foods, doing the 1 mile school run in our SUVs and leaving the TV on standby every night. But for the love of goodness it is JANUARY! You don’t want to be heading to gym after work at 6:30 in the pitch black icy cold weather. Or giving up the wine or the ciggies when there is no where else to go or do that doesn’t involve a restaurant, bar or movie, and for goodness’ sake the kids don’t want to walk to school  (and you sure as anything don’t want to have to walk with them!).

Giving stuff up is good for us, we are going to have to give a lot as the credit crunch bites and the sea levels rise. Buying that new car every three years or picking up that handy plastic bag in the supermarket are all things we are going to have to change as much as eating a bit more healthy and getting more active. 

However, you have to give something up, or take something up, because you want to. Not because the year has click up one.  Look at life, realise what is good and what is not so good, diagnose it first and work out why you do it, then do something about it. 

For me, I will give nothing up on any January 1st; I may give something up in March, June or September but never in January….. and don’t get me started on Lent!