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The Year of No Resolutions

By Catherine Weingarten--This New Year's Eve I had some flashbacks.

When most people think about New Year's Eve, they think of attractive people laughing in glee, throwing pink streamers in the air and making out. They think of rom com fantasies of meeting the love of your life in Times Square and crying over how, like, cute this moment totally is. But most of my New Year's Eve memories do not fall in this category. Most of my memories connect to my rigorous resolutions and my hope for a more perfect new year of follow-through.

Ever since I was around preteen/tween age I've had the same resolutions: be less fat, go on a diet, change my life--one celeb exercise plan at a time. Each year it was slightly different, and each year I found a new way to fail at this resolution.  (The only fun New Year's resolution I ever had was to make out with this guy in college I had an uber crush on. I gave myself a year and I still failed to keep that one.)

So just to set up the backdrop: every New Year's Eve since I was around ten, I would have a new friend to sleep over and do New Years' Eve things with. We would pick out streamers, get lots of "sinful" desserts, and watch chick flicks (of the tragic, untimely death variety). Then I would tell my friend my resolution and she would totally agree and usually tell me she had a similar one. We would become closer and happier and eat tons of Snickers and Swedish Fish and secretly/sadly hope for supermodel/action hero bodies.

For me, there was nothing wrong with this picture. Through the magical power of the New Year's Resolution, I was finally going to have the motivation to become prime-time TV, drop-dead kill-me-now pretty. And of course my friends supported me on this mission.

It seems that in our culture, the weight-loss industry feeds on “New Year's Eve.” Everywhere I go, I see flyers with a celebs reminding us that it’s a new year and therefore time to get hot. In magazines there are always articles about toning up better or eating "healthier" next year. I really don’t think it’s just me who is prone to associating the hope of weight loss with a new year.

For me, New Year's resolutions have always been connected to my body. They are connected to this idea that I can always change my body for the better. There’s always a new start. I am currently a helpline volunteer at NEDA and I am reshaping these ideas. I’m trying to think that I’d rather reshape my outlook than my body! I’d rather feel good about myself than obsess about what I could be. I choose to embrace how I am now, what my body is now.

For the past two years I have not had a resolution!!!!!! My RESOLUTION is to NOT have a RESOLUTION!  BOOOM!!!!

Have you ever made a New Year's resolution that sucked? How do you feel when a friend has a weight loss focused New Years resolution? What makes you feel good on New Year's Eve? Is there a way that New Year's Resolutions can get a makeover?

About this blogger: Catherine is (about to be) a senior at Bennington College in Vermont.  She is a drama concentration and enjoys feminism/female empowerment and being a helpline volunteer at NEDA.  Her favorite dessert is a pink cupcake with lots of sprinkles and icing.  She hopes to one day be an edgy professional playwright who talks about body image/eating disorder issues in a hip way.

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All or Nothing: Rethinking New Year's Resolutions

More resources on ditching the diet resolutions (curated by Victoria Smith):

Wishing You a Diet-Free New Year (Huffington Post)

Are New Year's Weight Loss Resolutions Keeping Women Down? (Jezebel)

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Teens (About)

New Year's Resolutions for Girls (Rachel Simmons)


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